Quarterback Joe Burrow had a successful appendectomy on Tuesday, Bengals head coach Zac Taylor told reporters in his Wednesday press conference.
“He was in there yesterday, he’ll be discharged today,” Taylor said. “The timeline is obviously to be determined. But, again, everything went smoothly.”
Whenever Burrow does return to practice, Taylor said the third-year quarterback shouldn’t be too far behind in preparing for the season.
Taylor noted that the team had yet to determine whether or not Burrow was going to play in the preseason.
The quarterback did take a few snaps last year despite coming back from reconstructive knee surgery.
As for practice, Taylor said Burrow’s absence will give the team more opportunities to evaluate backups Brandon Allen and Jake Browning. The club also signed quarterback Drew Plitt on Wednesday.
Taylor said that it's a good chance to see the other quarterbacks, evaluate them, and let them work with some other guys.
And when Joe comes back, he'll jump into those reps. But the other quarterbacks have to maximize their opportunities while they have them.