Joe Burrow throws during OTAs just six months after tearing ACL, MCL

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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow might be related to Wolverine. Burrow proved that he's way ahead in his recovery from ACL and MCL surgery by throwing passes during organized team activities on Tuesday.

Burrow has hinted he's ahead of schedule in his recovery, but Tuesday offered video proof that's the case.

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In late April, Burrow revealed he has been able to throw passes and drop back. At that time, he had not tried throwing on the run. It's unclear whether Burrow has been cleared for that last step, but video of Burrow throwing is still encouraging. One would assume the Bengals would not allow Burrow to step foot on the practice field if they weren't comfortable with his recovery. Burrow has expressed a desire to play in Week 1, and Tuesday's video provides evidence that will happen.

Joe Burrow had surgery in November

Burrow is six months into his recovery from MCL and ACL surgery. He experienced the injury during the team's Week 11 game against the Washington Football Team. Burrow had to be carted off the field after Washington defender Jonathan Allen fell into Burrow's leg

Burrow has kept fans in the loop on his progress. In December, Burrow posted video in which he was walking on his surgically repaired knee. 

Burrow's return in Week 1 would provide plenty of optimism for Bengals fans. After being selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 draft, Burrow showed promise in 10 starts, throwing 13 touchdowns against five interceptions as a rookie. 

His recovery, and continued growth on the field, would go a long way toward getting the Bengals back to the postseason.

Oddsmakers at BetMGM give the Bengals +2500 odds to win the AFC North this season, the longest odds of any team in the division. The Bengals went 4-11-1 in 2020, and finished fourth in the AFC North.

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