NEW ORLEANS — Joe Burrow took a big hit throwing a touchdown just before the half, possibly injuring his ribs.
ESPN's Holly Rowe reported that Joe Burrow was "gasping" as he left the field at halftime.
"He could not catch his breath," she said on ESPN Radio at halftime. "I overheard him say to somebody, 'I hope I didn't break a rib.'"
ESPN's Tom Rinaldi added that Burrow told teammate's not to touch him as he walked into the locker room.
After the game, Burrow quickly scuttled the talk, saying that he was fine. TV cameras during the game showed Burrow getting a hug from Coach Orgeron after a big play and wincing in what appeared to be obvious pain.
Burrow spent halftime on an exercise bike on the sideline before returning under center.
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After going three-and-out on the first drive of the half, Burrow led the Tigers back down the field for a touchdown pass to Thaddeus Moss (his second of the game).