Joe Burrow Injury Derails Bengals Season

Nov 23, 2020
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) shakes hands with Washington Football Team quarterback and former Ohio State teammate Dwayne Haskins (7) as Burrows is carted away off the field, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Landover.
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Joe Burrow's left knee injury cost the Cincinnati Bengals more than just one loss at Washington on Sunday. It derails the team's season devoted to giving the No. 1 pick as many snaps as possible in his rookie year.

The Cleveland Browns beat the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday to move to 5-2 on the season for the first time since 1994. WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto talks about quarterback Baker Mayfield's progress, Odell Beckham, Jr.'s injury, and what's ahead for the team.

5-2 is 5-2

Pluto says that instead of 5-2, Browns fans are used to the team being 2-5.

Gov. Mike DeWine holds a coronavirus press conference on September 15, 2020.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday dismissed the idea of another statewide shutdown, even as Ohio sees its highest-ever surge of coronavirus cases – surpassing even the peaks of this spring and summer.

Mayor Andrew Ginther at a press conference on October 26.
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With COVID-19 cases surging around Ohio, Columbus leaders are urging people to stay home and limit social gatherings. 

The Cleveland Browns are off to their best start in nearly 20 years. First-year head coach Kevin Stefanski has led the team to a 3-1 record, built around a strong running-game and some spectacular catches. WKSU’s sports commentator Terry Pluto says it's been a fun season so far.

An exciting offense

After being bulldozed by the AFC North powerhouse Baltimore Ravens in the season opener, Pluto says the Browns have averaged 39 points per game over the last three games.

Updated Wednesday, 12:31 p.m. 

The state of Ohio will now allow for 12,000 spectators at future Cincinnati Bengals games.

The Cleveland Browns will try to re-group on their home field Thursday, as they host the Bengals less than a week after an embarrassing season-opening loss in Baltimore. And they'll have 6,000 fans in the stands cheering for a win. WKSU’s sports commentator Terry Pluto said the team has some work to do. 

The Cleveland Browns begin the NFL season Sunday. The team has had little time to get adjusted under new coach Kevin Stefanski because of the pandemic. WKSU’s sports commentator Terry Pluto said the Browns face a tough opening game against the defending AFC North Champion Baltimore Ravens on the road.

Two teams, two different levels of consistency

Up to 6,000 people will be allowed to attend each of the Browns two home games in September. The same limit was set for two Cincinnati Bengals home games. 

Gov. Mike DeWine on Saturday  announced the exemption for Ohio’s two NFL teams from a statewide health order for sporting events. Under that Aug. 19 order, attendance at outdoor stadiums was limited to 1,500 people or 15% of capacity, whichever is less. First Energy Stadium can hold about 68,000 people.

Ohio State wide receiver Garrett Wilson catches a pass over Clemson cornerback Derion Kendrick during the first half of the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football playoff semifinal Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz.
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Some parents of Ohio State University football players are still pushing to reinstate the fall season that was suspended due to the ongoing pandemic.

Quinn Allen at Dick's Dive, the basement bar at Zeno's in Victorian Village.
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Early this year, Quinn Allen pitched his wife on a sure-fire no, risk investment: buy a bar at the corner of Lane and High Street in Columbus.

Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins runs for a 33-yard touchdown against Michigan in the second half of an NCAA college football game in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019.
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The Big Ten Conference has announced a schedule for the shortened fall football season, which will see just 10 games against other schools within the conference.

Ohio State University will start with an away game against Illinois on Thursday, September 3.

American football is famous for being a full-contact sport. That presents a challenge for trying to keep the coronavirus at bay.

But the NFL is going for it, with some changes.

Thursday night's NFL Draft gifted a long-awaited - and much anticipated - present to fans of the Cincinnati Bengals: the Queen City's long-suffering team picked Heisman Trophy-winning former Louisiana State University quarterback Joe Burrow to join its ranks.

The Cleveland Browns reached an agreement with Andrew Berry to become their new general manager and executive vice president, according to the Associated Press, bringing him back to the club where he served as vice president of player personnel from 2016 to 2018. 

At 32, Berry becomes the youngest GM in the National Football League and will have control over the team's 53-man roster. Berry is also the second, current African-American GM in the NFL, joining Miami’s Chris Grier.