NFL star Joe Burrow took a big step in his recovery from surgery this Monday morning.
The Cincinnati Bengals quarterback underwent an operation to remove his appendix last week at the start of training camp. Head coach Zac Taylor later told reporters he's unsure when Burrow will be able to return to practice.
"NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Burrow is undergoing surgery to remove his appendix, per a source informed of the situation," said Kevin Patra of NFL.com. "While there is no good time to have surgery, it's better for Burrow to find out now he needs the procedure than on the eve of the regular season or perhaps during a playoff run."
This Monday morning Burrow returned to practice, albeit he didn't contribute. He instead rolled up on a golf cart to watch training camp.
Zac Taylor told reporters that it's good to have his franchise quarterback back around the team, even if he's not practicing for the time being.
“Good to have him around," he said of Burrow.
Although it's not ideal that Joe Burrow is missing a significant portion of training camp, the timing isn't all too bad. It's far better Burrow misses time now instead of during the regular season.
Backups Brandon Allen and Jake Browning, meanwhile, are getting invaluable experience running the first- and second-team offenses.