Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow suffered a sprained right wrist in Thursday night's loss to the Baltimore Ravens. The injury is expected to keep Burrow out for several weeks, and it could have a major impact on the Bengals' playoff hopes.
Burrow was 11-of-17 for 101 yards and a touchdown before leaving the game. He was replaced by backup quarterback Jake Browning, who completed 8 of 14 passes for 68 yards and a touchdown.
The Bengals lost the game 34-20, and they now sit in last place in the AFC North. They are 5-6 on the season, and they need to win several games in a row to make the playoffs.
Burrow is a key player for the Bengals. He is the team's leader and its best offensive weapon. Without him, the Bengals will be a much less dangerous team.
Browning is a capable quarterback, but he does not have the same experience or talent as Burrow. He will need to play well in order to keep the Bengals in playoff contention.
The Bengals have a tough schedule in the coming weeks. They will face the New York Jets, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Buffalo Bills. If they can win at least two of those games, they will still have a chance to make the playoffs.
However, if Burrow is out for an extended period of time, the Bengals' playoff hopes will be in serious jeopardy.