Joe Burrow was supposed to have the first “normal” offseason of his NFL career. Well, that won’t be the case after it was announced that he’d be having an appendectomy.
When Joe Burrow entered the league as the Cincinnati Bengals‘ first overall pick two years ago, the league wasn’t having preseason games due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That right there made things different for the rookies coming into the NFL.
The following year, Burrow was recovering from ACL surgery after he tore his during a regular-season game in November. He had to take it a bit easier during the offseason because it was the first real football action he’d had since tearing his ACL.
This year, despite having a throat contusion and a dislocated pinky during the 2021 regular season, Burrow was supposed to enter the first “normal” offseason of his career.
For the most part, he got to have a normal offseason but it was announced on Tuesday afternoon that he’d be undergoing surgery to get his appendix removed, which would take him out of practice for potentially a few weeks.
Will Joe Burrow ever have a normal offseason?
Burrow is hugely important to the Bengals this year as the reigning AFC champions look to defend their crown in the stacked conference. While missing practice isn’t ideal, as Ian Rapoport said in the tweet above, it’s better that Burrow gets this surgery done now rather than later and have to miss regular season games.
What held Cincinnati back last year was their putrid offensive line that led to Burrow getting sacked nine times in the AFC Divisional Round and seven times in the Super Bowl. The front office made sure to fix the weakness and if Burrow was as good as he was a season ago with that atrocious o-line, just imagine how good he’ll be this year with a top 10 unit protecting him.
This surgery will put a bit of a dent in things for the team for now but Burrow should be good to go by the time Week 1 against the Steelers rolls around.
Get well soon, Joey Franchise!