Joe Burrow appendectomy news underscores the training-camp worries of zealous fans

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Months of glass-half-full wishful thinking end abruptly when a football fan’s favorite team heads to training camp. That’s when the optimism regarding what may go right yields to day-to-day worrying about what can go wrong.

It happens every year. A team’s best-case scenario becomes a worst-case reality with a key injury that changes everything. While that can happen at any point during the season, it begins once the teams gather and practices start.

And the curve ball can come from anywhere, as Bengals fans learned on Tuesday. Out of nowhere, quarterback Joe Burrow had an appendectomy. He’ll miss a week or so of camp as he recovers from the procedure. It ultimately will be a non-issue.

But it’s a reminder that the fickle finger of football fate hovers over every NFL franchise. In one moment, any moment, from late July through January, a team’s fortunes can dramatically change in an instant.

It could have been worse for the Bengals. Burrow will be available for Week One. In 2006, the Steelers lost quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to an emergency appendectomy. His missed the Thursday night, banner-raising opener against Nick Saban and the Dolphins. (The Steelers still won the game, 28-17, with Charlie Batch throwing three touchdown passes.)

The good news for Burrow and nervous Bengals fans is that there won’t be another appendectomy. As Chris Simms said in his first press conference after a splenectomy resulting from in-game battering against the Panthers in the same month Roethlisberger had his appendix removed,  “I can’t hurt my spleen again.”

8 responses to “Joe Burrow appendectomy news underscores the training-camp worries of zealous fans

  1. I would guess Burrow is in better shape than Roethlisburgers was in 2006, so this should be a non-issue.

  2. At least he didn’t do like Michael Thomas and put it off till it would effect the season, possibly increasing chances of complications as well. A lot of saints fans (and maybe even team members) are still bitter at his intentional actions in that regard.

  3. As I found out myself, your appendix can flare up completely out of left field. Burrow will be fine in a week, with antibiotics. Hopefully, no one hits him for a while. It’s true…once they remove your appendix or your spleen, you never have to deal with it again.

  4. shoepik says:
    July 27, 2022 at 10:18 am
    At least he didn’t do like Michael Thomas and put it off till it would effect the season, possibly increasing chances of complications as well. A lot of saints fans (and maybe even team members) are still bitter at his intentional actions in that regard. – – – Pretty sure an appendectomy comes about as a necessity, not an elective thing that a person chooses to put off to piss off the front office. You’re comparing apples and oranges, doc.

  5. It ultimately will be a non-issue.
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    Then this isn’t remotely-close to a worst-case scenario.

  6. As a great example of this reminder, the 2018 Cowboys had OL excellence penciled in and were relying on it to help overcome a weak group of pass catchers. Just a couple of weeks before the season began, vital Center Travis Frederick was hit by a sudden-onset autoimmune disease, ultimately costing him the entire season. The OL ended up a mess, not only because of the loss of their nerve center but also due to it coming too close to the season to fully adjust for. The fact that this wasn’t even a football injury (those happen and are part of the sport) made it a particularly “fickle finger”. That bad hand of fate was doubled up on when Frederick returned for one more season – a good one, but not up to his HOF-pace standards – before calling it a career due to feeling diminished performance from the condition. Not only did the Cowboys have their entire offense short-circuited from one fluke event, but they also then had their long-term OL plans and salary cap (due to dead money) partly upended afterward. So it goes!

  7. I guess you can put a giant ‘ x’ on his Jersey now…cause that’s where the defensive guys are aiming.

  8. A “Laugh In” reference. Kudos. The 3rd time I had my appendix removed hurt more than the other two. Never should have gotten the transplant.

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