The Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals won't meat each other for more than two weeks, but once they do so they hope to have their squads fully fit and ready to go. One notable potential absentee from the Bengals, though, seems to be on track for a timely return.
Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow has reemerged on the practice field, marking his return after he suffered a calf injury on July 27th, right at the start of Cincy's training camp.
On Wednesday, he stepped onto the Paycor Stadium practice grounds donning pads, shorts, and a helmet, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.
However, reports coming from the training field suggest that his practice session wasn't at full speed or capacity, with the quarterback still nursing his injury and coming back from it slowly.
The Bengals are scheduled for a Week 1 clash against the Cleveland Browns, and speaking after practice on Wednesday head coach Zac Taylor just said "We'll see" when questioned about Burrow's practice plans and potential availability to start the Week 1 tilt.
It's still unknown if Burrow's extended absence was due to injury, contract negotiations, or a combination of both. Burrow is seeking a contract extension following the ones signed by Lamar Jackson and Justin Herbert earlier this offseason.
If Burrow isn't available to play in Week 1 and/or Week 2, the Bengals would need to use any of the backup quarterbacks: Jake Browning or Will Grier, the latter having joined the practice squad after being released by the Dallas Cowboys and signed by Cincy a few days ago.
The Ravens face Cincinnati in Week 2 on the road, with the game scheduled to take place on Sunday, Sept. 17, at 1 p.m. E.T.
Both Burrow (for now and until we know more about his status ahead and after Week 1) and Marlon Humphrey, the cornerback and leader of Baltimore's defense, seemingly face an uphill battle to return in time to go against each other.