How Things Change for the Bengals with QB Joe Burrow Out for Appendectomy

Date IconLast Updated: Oct 7th, 2023
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How Things Change for the Bengals with QB Joe Burrow Out for Appendectomy
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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, who led the team to the Super Bowl last season, underwent an appendectomy on Tuesday. 

Burrow is expected to miss a couple of weeks of training camp, which opened Wednesday in Cincinnati.

Coach Zac Taylor said the team had not set a firm date for Burrow's return.

Taylor told ESPN the good news is that Burrow knows the Bengals’ system.

"He won't be behind the eight ball,’’ Taylor said.

Preseason, Season Openers

Burrow is expected to be back in time for the season opener, if not the first preseason game next month.

The Bengals open preseason play at home against the Arizona Cardinals on Aug. 12 at 7:30 p.m. ET. At FanDuel Sportsbook, the Bengals are 1.5-point favorites.

The Bengals kick off the regular season on Sept. 11 at 1 p.m. ET with a home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. At BetMGM Sportsbook, Cincinnati is favored by 6.5 points.

Extra QB Signed

With Burrow out temporarily, the Bengals have signed former Ball State quarterback Drew Plitt, according to NFL Insider Aaron Wilson. 

The team also is practicing with five-year veteran quarterback Brandon Allen, a former Arkansas Razorback, and second-year signal caller Jake Browning, who played college football at the University of Washington.

Some Bengals’ practices are open to the public either at Kettering Health Practice Fields adjacent to Paul Brown Stadium or inside the stadium. Information is available at

Burrow’s Super Season

After being sidelined during the 2020 season with a torn ACL in his left knee, Burrow returned last season to help the team capture the AFC title, earning a spot in the Super Bowl. The Bengals lost that game to the NFC champion Los Angeles Rams, 23-20.

The Super Bowl capped a 2021 season that saw Burrow throw for 4,611 yards, including 34 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. 

One of his favorite targets, returning wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase, caught 13 touchdown passes. Burrow and Chase were teammates during LSU’s undefeated 2019 national title season, resulting in a Heisman Trophy for Burrow. 

Super Bowl Odds

Bengals fans are hopeful Burrow can lead the team to this season’s Super Bowl, set for Feb. 12, 2023, at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

At FanDuel Sportsbook, nine teams have better odds of winning the Super Bowl than the Bengals (+2100). The Buffalo Bills have the best odds, at +650.