At the time, Joe Burrow’s appendix surgery on July 26 sounded like a routine procedure. But instead of his appendix just inflaming, the quarterback’s appendix had ruptured.
Burrow revealed that Wednesday at his first press conference since the operation, which came the day Bengals veterans reported to the training camp.
“It wasn’t normal appendicitis you hear about,” said Burrow, via ESPN’s Ben Baby. “I didn’t really feel much. I was just checking out and had some discomfort so thought we’d get it checked out. I turned out to have it. So we had to solve it.”
Burrow’s hospital stay resulted in a weight loss, though he declined to reveal how much weight he lost. He watched the drills from a medical cart when he returned to camp and was eventually allowed to start throwing two weeks after the procedure.
“You’ve been in the hospital for days and you’re starting to feel sick,” Burrow said. “So you want to get back on the road with the boys and feel healthy again.”
He took another step in his return on Wednesday as he took part in team training exercises for the first time since the procedure.
“We have a good plan in terms of diet and weight space and all that sort of thing,” Burrow said. “I feel good now and will only feel better.”