Joe Burrow won’t ‘miss a step’ despite appendectomy, Bengals coach says

The timetable for Joe Burrow to recover from surgery to remove his appendix is unclear, but the coach of the Cincinnati Bengals did not sound concerned that it might impair his star quarterback’s readiness for the regular season.

“The good news is he’s got two years in [the system],” Coach Zac Taylor said Wednesday of Burrow, 25, who underwent the procedure Tuesday. “… He’ll still have his iPad. 

He’ll still follow whenever he’s in meetings. We don’t expect him to miss a step, mentally, that way. I’m sure he’d love to have all the physical reps he could possibly get, but he won’t be behind the eight ball at all, based on what’s happened.”

Wednesday was the first full day of training camp workouts for the Bengals, who came agonizingly close to winning the Super Bowl in February after Burrow led them on a stunning run through the AFC playoffs. 

In his second season after Cincinnati made him the No. 1 pick in the 2020 draft, the former LSU quarterback led the NFL in completion percentage (70.4) and yards per attempt (8.9) and set franchise records for passing yards (4,611), passing touchdowns (34) and passer rating (108.3).

Veterans did not have to report to the Bengals’ facility for training camp until Tuesday, but Burrow and other quarterbacks turned up Saturday to work with rookies.

Burrow reportedly felt some discomfort, and after being examined by team doctors he was sent to a hospital for an appendectomy.

Taylor told reporters Wednesday that the procedure “went well” and that Burrow was set to be discharged that day.

“The timeline is obviously to be determined,” the coach told reporters. “But, again, everything went smoothly.”