So the first show of the Joe Burrow Comeback Tour is on for Sunday's preseason finale (4 p.m.-Cincinnati's Channel 12) at Paul Brown Stadium against the Dolphins.
Bengals head coach Zac Taylor gave the news to the media before Wednesday's practice, but apparently Burrow knew the plan all along as he preps for the Sept. 12 opener at 1 p.m. in PBS against the Vikings.
"Very limited number of snaps," Taylor said. "It will be good to get him out there in front of the home crowd in a very similar environment to week one in terms of being at home, time of day. It will be good to get guys next to each other in the huddle with the coaches on the field and the fans cheering them on."
Burrow is to be joined with what is looking more and more like his Opening Day offensive line. Center Trey Hopkins, who is also coming back from an ACL tear, gets his 2021 debut next to veteran guards Xavier Su'a-Filo and Quinton Spain, the tandem that started last week in Washington.
Taylor said that first offensive line plays only with Burrow and he didn't give a number of snaps. He said all options are on the table, including pulling him out of a long drive.
SLANTS AND SCREENS: Taylor said he'd be giving an update soon on injured rookie edge Joseph Ossai, reportedly feared out for the season with a knee injury … He indicated the recently signed veteran edger Noah Spence is going to get plenty of chances in the next three days and Sunday's game.