Nov 21, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) and Brandon Allen (8) against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals put backup QB Brandon Allen on COVID list

The Cincinnati Bengals are on high alert after placing backup quarterback Brandon Allen on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday.

All eyes are now on starter Joe Burrow for the AFC North-leading Bengals.

The Bengals also put cornerback Darius Phillips on the COVID list. Phillips (shoulder) is on injured reserve.

The Bengals (9-6) control their own destiny with two games remaining — this week against the Kansas City Chiefs and Week 18 at Cleveland. The Bengals hold a one-game lead over Baltimore in the AFC North.

Allen, 29, has appeared in four games this season and has one touchdown pass. The Bengals carry just two QBs on the active roster. Jake Browning is on the practice squad.

Burrow is having a monster second season, completing an NFL-best 69.9 percent of his passes for 4,165 yards. He has 30 touchdowns against 14 interceptions, tied for the most in the league.

–Field Level Media

Dec 27, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Brandon Allen (8) reacts on the sideline during the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals re-sign backup QB Brandon Allen

Feb 7, 2020; Tampa, FL, USA;  General view of the NFL Shield logo on the field before Super Bowl LV between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs at Raymond James Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals re-signed quarterback Brandon Allen to a one-year contract Wednesday. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Allen, 28, started five of the Bengals’ last six games in 2020 after No. 1 overall draft pick Joe Burrow was lost for the season with a torn left ACL and MCL in Week 11.

Allen was 1-4 in those starts, completing 63.4 percent of his passes for 925 yards with five touchdowns and four interceptions.

Burrow said earlier this offseason that his recovery timetable has him on track to be ready by the season opener.

Drafted in the sixth round by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2016, Allen started three games for the Denver Broncos in 2019. For his career, he has completed 129 of 226 passes for 1,440 yards with eight TDs and six picks in eight starts (2-6 record).

–Field Level Media