Cincinnati Bengals‘ star quarterback, Joe Burrow, has sustained a severe injury in training-camp practice. The incident happened late on Thursday, July 27, leading to the carting away of the 26 year-old quarterback, to the locker room of the Kettering Health Practice Fields.
According to the team’s coach, Zac Taylor, the player suffered calf injury. He however, did not talk about the severity of the injury. Since the incident, many people have been asking for an update on the injury Joe Burrow suffered. In this article, we provided the latest updates on the incident.
BREAKING: Joe Burrow was just carted to the locker room, after going down on a play during 11-on-11.
— Caleb Noe (@CalebNoeTV) July 27, 2023
But before we continue, it is good to know that the injury occurred during an 11-on-11 drill when Burrow rolled to his right but came up limping. He immediately went down on the ground. During the training session, Burrow appeared to be favoring his right leg on the play.
So what updates do we have on Burrow’s calf injury?
The incident happened not so long ago, and so no much information is available. The coach of the team also said same thing when contacted.
However, we know from sources close to the team, that the player suffered strained calf. This type of injury can take longer period to heal depending on its severity.
As at when we have an update, we’ll keep you in the know. Just believe in us to provide you with all the updates on Burrow’s injury.
But what does a strained calf mean?
Calf strain is an injury to the calf muscle that occurs when the muscle is overstretched or torn. The calf muscle is located in the back of the lower leg and is responsible for plantar flexion, the movement of the foot up towards the shin.
There are three grades of calf strains, each with its own severity:
- Grade 1: This is the mildest type of calf strain and is characterized by minor tearing of the muscle fibers. Symptoms of this strain include pain, tenderness, and swelling in the calf.
- Grade 2: This is a moderate strain and is characterized by more significant tearing of the muscle fibers. More severe pain, tenderness, and swelling in the calf are some of the symptoms of this type of calf strain.
- Grade 3: It’s obvious that the grade 3 calf strain will be the severest as it has to do with the complete tear of the muscle fibers. A person with Grade 3 calf strain may experience severe pain, tenderness, swelling, and bruising in the calf. The calf may also be very weak and difficult to use.
Calf strains are most common in athletes who participate in running, jumping, or other activities that require forceful contraction of the calf muscle. They can also occur in people who suddenly change direction while walking or running, or who have poor calf flexibility.
In Burrow’s case, we cannot tell, at least for now, the type of strain he suffered, as there are no official statements from the team, coach or the player himself.
Treatment for a calf strain depends on the severity of the injury. For a Grade 1 injury, treatment may include rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE). Over-the-counter pain reliever may also be helpful. In most cases, this type of strain heals within a few days to weeks.
For a Grade 2 calf strain, treatment may include the RICE protocol, as well as physical therapy. Physical therapy can help to improve range of motion and strength in the calf muscle. In most cases, a Grade 2 calf strain will heal within 2-3 weeks.
As Grade 3 is the severest of all, its treatment may require surgery. Surgery is usually only necessary if the muscle tear is large or if the calf muscle is not healing properly with conservative treatment. After surgery, the patient will need to wear a cast or brace for several weeks. Physical therapy will also be necessary to help the calf muscle regain strength and range of motion.
Therefore, the kind of treatment Joe Burrow would need depends on the severity of the injury. Should the injury be a grade 3 type, it means the quarterback would have to undergo surgery.