Deshaun Watson offers to help Joe Burrow

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As a rookie in 2017, Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson suffered a torn ACL. As a rookie in 2020, Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow has suffered a torn ACL.

On Tuesday, Watson made a public offer of assistance to Burrow while speaking to reporters on Tuesday.

“I just want to say prayers out to Joe Burrow and his family and him and his team, the Cincinnati Bengals,” Watson said. “That’s just a tough situation. I watched the play . . . and that just kind of puts things in perspective where it can be any play. So you’ve just got to be grateful for the position you’re in, but sending my best wishes and prayers out to him and his family.

“If he’s got any questions, I dealt with the same thing my rookie year around a similar time, kind of November-ish. He can always reach out to me and I can reach out to him. Prayers out to him. Hopefully a speedy recovery. I would just say when I came back it was just definitely making sure that I was 100 percent and I was really, really comfortable, especially at this level where everything is flying around. But once you’re out there, you’ve just got to play full throttle. That’s the part of the game. You kind of know situations are going to happen. With me, with my situation, when I did it in practice, I didn’t know it was going to happen then and then it happened. When I came back, I kind of started off a little shaky. But after the first couple of plays I was like, ‘Hey, I got to cut it loose.’ If not, then I’m going to be a burden for the team and then for myself, too. I want to be able to play to my full potential.”

Watson told PFT Live during a Super Bowl week visit that the ACL quite possibly was “loosened up” the prior Sunday against the Seahawks, and that it then went the rest of the way without contact in practice. Burrow’s injury is more serious than a simple ACL tear, and the rehab period could be even longer.

However long it takes, Watson’s perspective makes sense. The player who plays after tearing an ACL can’t be thinking about it. After Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer tore an ACL in the 2005 playoffs after taking a blow to his plant leg, it took Palmer a while to get comfortable exposing his plant leg again.

“It took me a full year, plus another six, seven games into the next season, to really feel comfortable again and not see ghosts,” Palmer has said. “There would be times when I’d drop back and I’d see color flash, and I’d pull my leg back or not step into a throw because the memory was fresh.”

Burrow will have a long road, but he seems to be able to meet the challenge. And with people like Watson willing to help, hopefully Burrow will be back to 100 percent sooner than later.

20 responses to “Deshaun Watson offers to help Joe Burrow

  1. If any one can come back from this it’s Burrow the kid has tremendous guts, toughness and Will…praying that you come back 100% however long it takes Joey B!

  2. Perhaps Deshaun and JJ ought to find a way to give back some money to the Texans who are already projecting they’ll be over the cap limit for 2021. Otherwise, they will suck going forward. Nice unselfish act by Deshaun to reach out to Burrow…..guy has class!

  3. The Carson Palmer injury changed everything for him and the franchise. Hope this doesn’t repeat. So unfortunate for a young rising star while other [lesser] QBs go on with no-or-minor injuries. Life is not fair in case you haven’t noticed….

  4. I’m sure there are snarky Texans or Clemson haters out there, but just from a professional and HUMAN standpoint this is awesome. My hat is off to you, Sir!

  5. The world could use a helluva lot more people like DeShaun Watson. Kid gets it on all fronts, not just football, and helps wherever he can. Class act.

  6. Nothing but class as always from Watson. Helluva player, good guy, can’t ask for much more from a franchise QB

  7. the nfl is a quarterback driven league, hopefully joe comes back where he left off, even if that means missing all of 2021

  8. Watson is the pride of Gainesville, GA, and it is obvious this respect goes beyond just football.

  9. Everyone mistakenly claims Palmers acl injury did in his career. It didn’t. He returned promptly before the start of the next season, threw for over 4K yards and went to the pro bowl. Pretty sure he did something even better after his next acl tear. It was his elbow injury in 08 that had the biggest impact on his game and how he played thereafter.

    Burrow will come back and it should be on his terms. The oline needs to be filled out with draft picks and free agents. Time to actually put some real bodies on this oline.

  10. It’s disingenuous to take to the media and say “If he has any questions, he can reach out to me and I can reach out to him”. Just do it. Reach out to him. If you care, reach out to him.

    If my son was going through a hard time, would I say “I know what that’s like, he can reach out to me with any questions and I can reach out to him.”? No. I’d just reach out and talk to him.

    It’s nice to have compassionate thoughts but even better when you act on them.

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