Zac Taylor: No timetable for Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow's return after appendectomy

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Posted at 12:54 PM, Jul 26, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-27 16:20:01-04

CINCINNATI — Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said there is no timetable for quarterback Joe Burrow's return after having surgery to remove his appendix.

The team confirmed Burrow was in surgery Tuesday afternoon. Taylor said the operation went well and Burrow is expected to be released form the hospital Wednesday, the first day of training camp. Taylor said Burrow will miss some time to recover.

"The good news is he has two years in (our system)," Taylor said. "He knows it, he still has his iPad. He won’t be behind the eight ball."

Ja'Marr Chase, last year's offensive rookie of the year, said he spoke to Burrow Tuesday night — but not about the appendix.

"He's so tough, he don't wanna talk about (the surgery)," Chase said. "He's talking about why I said I bought him clothes (in a recent GQ interview)."

The team signed free agent quarterback Drew Plitt to join backups Brandon Allen and Jake Browning at training camp. A rookie out of Ball State, Plitt also set a school record for career touchdown passes while at Loveland High School.

The regular season starts on Sept. 11 when, for the first time ever, the team's opener is against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium.

Burrow was nominated for Comeback Player of the Year at the ESPYs recently after he posted an impressive 2021 season following a torn ACL that ended his rookie season early in 2020. He was a significant topic of conversation at the Bengals Media Luncheon Monday, with owner Mike Brown making it clear they want to clear the salary cap to re-sign Burrow when the time comes.

The Bengals are hoping to repeat as AFC Champions, but have set their sights on winning a Super Bowl, something they fell just short of doing last season. They added key offseason weapons to the offensive line and defense, while returning most of the key franchise players; the only exception being Jessie Bates, who is holding out for a bigger contract.