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Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow suffered an MCL sprain in the Super Bowl that won’t require surgery, coach Zac Taylor says. The sprain will require rest and rehabilitation, but shouldn’t be a major limitation in the offseason.

Burrow, 25, led the Bengals in an unlikely run to the Super Bowl, which the Rams won 23-20. A second-year QB, Burrow was sacked seven times by Los Angeles’ defensive front, and he faced intense pressure for much of the game, especially in the second half. He threw for 263 yards in the game, with one touchdown, no interceptions and a 66.7 completion percentage. On Wednesday, Taylor said Burrow suffered an MCL sprain in the game, a further aggravation from December.

The injury occurred with about 12 minutes into the fourth quarter when he was sacked for the seventh and final time of the night, tying the Super Bowl record. Rams’ Von Miller met him in the pocket and All-Pro Edge rusher hauled him to the ground as fellow linebacker Justin Hollins piled on Burrow from another angle causing his knee to twist Burrow’s right. Burrow needed a minute to get up from the field and limped to the sideline. He stayed in the game, nearly leading the Bengals to their first-ever Super Bowl victory.

“I wasn’t going out,” he said after the game, adding: “I’m disappointed with my overall performance. I thought I could have played better, given us a better chance of winning but, you live and you learn .”

During the season, Burrow completed 70.4% of his passes for 4,611 yards, 34 touchdowns and 14 interceptions for a sensational passer rating of 108.3, despite playing behind an offensive line that was widely considered as a disability. His numbers marked a significant improvement from his rookie season, when he completed 65.3% of his attempts for 2,688 yards, 13 touchdowns, five picks and an 89.8 passer rating. His rookie season ended due to a torn ACL and MCL.

Cincinnati is set to compete in 2022 and beyond, led by its franchise QB in Burrow, who won the Heisman Trophy and a national title at LSU before becoming No. 1 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft. team signed Taylor to a contract extension through the 2026 season. Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow suffered an MCL sprain in the Super Bowl that won’t require surgery, according to coach Zac Taylor. The sprain will require rest and rehabilitation, but shouldn’t be a major limitation in the offseason.

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