Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow is currently absent from training camp as he recovers from an appendectomy that he underwent this past week.
The routine surgery almost certainly won’t impact Burrow when it comes to regular season games, but it’s going to affect his availability during training camp.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport pointed out on Saturday that the typical recovery time for an appendectomy is two to four weeks.
Rapoport thinks Burrow will be back at training camp throwing sooner rather than later since he won’t be hit during practice (or at least he’s not supposed to be hit).
The long-time NFL reporter also noted that it’s “unlikely” that Burrow will play in any preseason games.
Generally, it’s 2-4 weeks for an appendectomy. Joe Burrow won’t be hit in practice, so as soon as he’s able he’ll be out at practice throwing. Safe to say, unlikely Burrow plays in a preseason game but plenty of time to be ready for the season. https://t.co/DyINjQKYE5— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 30, 2022
I don’t think it’s a huge deal that Burrow probably won’t play during the preseason. He’s likely already put in an offseason’s worth of mental reps while he’s recovering from surgery.
Obviously, it would be nice for Burrow to see some action in preseason games just to knock off the rust a bit. Practice is important, but there’s no substitute for game action.
Of course, keeping Burrow healthy for the entire season is the top priority. So it’s the right move to hold Burrow out of preseason games. But it’s still unfortunate that the young quarterback is even having to deal with this setback (if you can call it that) this summer.
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