Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow was on the sideline last week when Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa suffered a concussion and had to be carted off in Cincinnati, reviving an intense conversation on the topic of head injuries in the NFL.
While Burrow said this week that he's never been diagnosed with a concussion in the NFL, the former LSU superstar admitted during a podcast appearance with Colin Cowherd that he has forgotten large chunks of games after taking hits.
"I've never had any lasting effects from a concussion. I've been hit and forgot the rest of the game before," Burrow said. "That's happened a couple of times, but I've never had one where I have headaches for like a week, and I have symptoms of concussion after the game.
"Like I said, I've had some where I don't remember the second half, or I don't remember the entire game, or I know that I got a little dizzy at one point, but nothing long-lasting."
However, Burrow said those experiences haven't diminished his passion for the game, nor does he believe that there's much the NFL can do to diminish the chances of serious injuries.
"You have 300-pound men running 20 miles an hour trying to take your head off while you're standing still trying to ignore it and find receivers that are open," Burrow said. "It's part of what we signed up for. You're gonna have head injuries. You're gonna tear your ACL. You're gonna break your arm. That's the game that we play. That's the life that we live and we get paid handsomely for it. I think going into every game, we know what we're getting ourselves into."