If Burrow is unable to play, the Bengals will have to turn to one of their backup quarterbacks. The most likely option is Brandon Allen, who started 10 games for the Bengals in 2020 while Burrow was recovering from a knee injury. Allen is a capable quarterback who has shown that he can win games in the NFL.
Another option for the Bengals is Ryan Finley. Finley was a fourth-round pick by the Bengals in 2019, but he has yet to start a game in the NFL. Finley is a talented quarterback, but he is still raw and inexperienced.
The Bengals could also look to the free agent market for a quarterback. There are a few veteran quarterbacks who could be available, such as Tyrod Taylor and Marcus Mariota. However, those quarterbacks would likely come with a high price tag.
The Bengals have a few weeks before the start of the regular season to decide what to do at quarterback. If Burrow is unable to play, the Bengals will need to find a way to replace his production. Allen, Finley, or a free agent quarterback will need to step up and lead the Bengals if they want to make a deep playoff run in 2023.