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Joe Burrow: Ruptured Appendix Forced Surgery

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Joe Burrow spoke to the media on Wednesday for the first time since returning to training camp. The Cincinnati Bengals quarterback left camp earlier this month after experiencing discomfort associated to an appendix issue. What no one had known up to this point was just how severe the issue was.

Burrow said Wednesday his appendix actually ruptured and had to be surgically repaired.

“It wasn’t normal appendicitis that you hear about,” he said, adding that he “didn’t really feel much. Just getting checked out and had some discomfort so we thought we’d get it checked out. Turns out I had it. So we had to get it fixed.”

The Bengals QB said he is working with the team on a good nutrition plan and despite playing in team drills, he won’t be seen in any preseason games. Depending on who you ask, the preseason is either very important or non-important for quarterbacks.

Burrow said he didn’t want to be stuck in the hospital and have it weigh on his mental health. “You start to feel like a sick person … so you want to get back out with the guys and feel healthy again.”

While he couldn’t physically participate in practice, he wanted to. Since being released from the hospital, he has been watching drills from a medical cart.

Since entering the league in 2020, Burrow has had to deal with COVID-19, ACL rehab and now appendicitis. “I’d like to have a normal offseason at some point,” he said. “That would be great.”