Veteran players on the Cincinnati Bengals reported to training camp on Tuesday, but fans will have to wait a bit longer to see starting quarterback Joe Burrow in action. It was revealed that he will undergo surgery in order to remove his appendix and miss some practice time in order to fully recover.
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While the idea of Burrow is undergoing any kind of surgery can be scary, an appendectomy is a relatively minor procedure. No extended absence will be necessary and he should be back at practice sooner rather than later. The timing worked out well considering Week 1 is still over a month away.
This would've been a much bigger deal if it occurred midway through the regular season. For now, backup QB Brandon Allen will take snaps with the first-team offense until Burrow returns to full health. The three-year pro owns a 2-7 record across nine career starts and has tossed 10 touchdowns.
Keeping Burrow upright remains the Bengals' top priority this fall for a variety of reasons. The LSU product was sacked a league-high 51 times last year and is up for a contract extension following the 2022 season. Agreeing on a long-term deal would cement him as the team's franchise QB.
This is nothing like Burrow's ACL injury that knocked him out for the second half of his rookie season in 2020. Instead, it's just a small issue that the team is going to treat with extreme caution. Cincinnati has odds set at +1200 to repeat as AFC champions, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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