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Burrow Says He'll Be Back To Open Up '21

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Channeling the Carson Palmer 2006 comeback, Joe Burrow says he'll be back for the Bengals opener next season.

"I think I'll be ready. I think I'll be just fine," Burrow said on FS1's "The Herd," Thursday, passing the five-week mark of his reconstructive knee surgery and moving beyond what he called a "devastating' period.

Burrow, expected to be at Paul Brown Stadium next week to continue his rehab, says he's counting on getting back for enough of training camp to be able to play in the first game as he focuses on improving his deep ball.

During his first interview since he injured his knee in Washington Nov. 22, Burrow continued to support head coach Zac Taylor and his staff.

"I think Zac is going to be a great coach for a long time," Burrow said. "I'm happy to be in the position that I'm in and to help build this organization, but it's going to be on Zac's back. He's the leader of what we're trying to do, and he's awesome."