Joe Burrow reveals appendix ruptured: “It wasn’t normal appendicitis”

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At the time, Joe Burrow‘s appendectomy July 26 sounded like a routine procedure. But instead of his appendix being merely inflamed, the quarterback’s appendix had ruptured.

Burrow revealed that Wednesday during his first news conference since the surgery, which came on the day Bengals veterans reported to training camp.

“It wasn’t normal appendicitis that you hear about,” Burrow said, via Ben Baby of ESPN. “I didn’t really feel much. Just getting checked out and had some discomfort, so we thought we’d get it checked out. Turns out I had it. So we had to get it fixed.”

Burrow’s hospital stay resulted in a weight loss, though he declined to reveal how much weight he lost. He watched practices from a medical cart when he returned to camp and finally was cleared to begin throwing two weeks after the procedure.

“You’re in a hospital for however many days and you start to feel like a sick person,” Burrow said. “So you want to get back out with the guys and feel healthy again.”

He took another step in his return Wednesday when he participated in team drills at practice for the first time since the procedure.

“We have a good plan as far as nutrition and weight room and all that stuff,” Burrow said. “I feel good right now and just going to keep feeling better.”

26 responses to “Joe Burrow reveals appendix ruptured: “It wasn’t normal appendicitis”

  1. I know people have had a ruptured appendix. You wouldn’t wish it on anyone. Hope he’s
    back in action very soon.

  2. Dang, mine was just the normal variety and I never threw another touchdown pass after the surgery. Doesn’t look good for Joe.

  3. Just would have been the Bengals luck for that to have been something way more serious when they seem to have a transcendent talent at QB.

  4. And everyone acted like it was no big deal.
    Just because it wasn’t his throwing arm/hand
    or one of his knees doesn’t mean it wasn’t serious.

  5. Injury prone? Are you serious? Go troll somewhere else…your foolishness is unacceptable.

  6. The surgeon said that not only had Burrow’s appendix ruptured, but it was also smoking a cigar. Definitely not a normal appendix.

  7. This is only his third year in the league and he has already had two surgeries! Great talent but not durable.

  8. I’ve had that n its not a good time at all! Mine turned gangreneous n dr said if I went to sleep like I was going to I wouldnt have woken up

  9. typically this is due to eating too many sweets in the formative years. According to Manley P Hall. I tend to agree.

  10. Joey B is a warrior…In 3 seasons he’s endured alot but he balls out like no other…this kid is legit & I’m a Steelers fan saying this…

  11. “religionisforidiots says:
    August 17, 2022 at 4:30 pm

    Injury prone”

    So? Your logic is that appendicitis is?? ..a football injury?

  12. Injury prone??? Carson Palmer had more talent as a QB than anyone I’ve seen. He blew his knee out and was NEVER the same again. So many QB’s get injured and are never the same.
    This guy had his knee destroyed, started 10 months later and took his team to the SUPER BOWL, while being sacked 70 times.
    You think an appendix is gonna phase him?

  13. A burst appendix is no joke. I spent more than a week in the hospital after the surgery on the strongest antibiotics. I was not allowed to work for 2 more weeks. It’s something that can just sneak up on you out of nowhere. The Bengals are wise to take it slow with Joe Burrow. It sounds like the same thing happened to him. He will be fine…he just needs time. I wish him well.

  14. Dude would have probably played the week of surgery if it was reg season; old school swag and toughness. Joe Brrrr, the legend continues to grow!

  15. sharpdressedfan17 says:
    August 17, 2022 at 8:26 pm
    Appendix or no appendix-Bengals vs. Bills AFC championship game…Book it!!!

    4127Rate This


    SB losers have a dark cloud over them the next season and sometimes miss the playoffs completely.

    Expect the unexpected in the AFC.

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