The Cincinnati Bengals quarterback underwent the operation on July 26 after experiencing some discomfort which led to an examination and surgery.

On Wednesday, Burrow reported to training camp and participated in 11-on-11 team drills for the first time since the Super Bowl in February. In his first meeting with the media, he said he had no plans to play in any of his team’s pre-season games, but “felt good, felt better every day. “.

Burrow told the media that during his time on the sidelines he lost some of the weight he needed to play at the high level he showed in his few years in the NFL.

And now, with the start of the NFL season just weeks away, the 25-year-old has a short window to try and rebuild.

“I felt my best after offseason practice. Now I have to get back to it,” Burrow said. “It’s got to go back to the high school days where you’re trying to put on 20 pounds in a few weeks. So we force it as much as possible.

“Throughout off-season training, you work on building your body and becoming more athletic – stronger, bigger, faster. So when you get to camp, you don’t have to worry about anything. that, you can concentrate on football, but when you have this operation and you lose your strength, you have to put that back in the foreground to rebuild yourself.”

Delayed offseasons are something Burrow has grown accustomed to.

During his rookie season, he had to prepare for his NFL debut at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. Last season, he was still recovering from a torn ACL and MCL suffered months before.

And now, with his appendix ruptured, Burrow is praying for calmer waters in the future.

“I would like to have a normal offseason at some point,” he said. “It would be great to start the season feeling as good as possible. But that hasn’t been the reality for three years, so you make the most of what you have. We’ll try again next year.”

Although he returned from a serious knee injury in 2021, Burrow’s excellence was the driving force behind the Bengals’ magical run to Super Bowl LVI – winning the award for returning player of the year, aged 25 years.

He led the NFL in completion percentage as Cincinnati reached its first Super Bowl since 1998. Although the appearance ultimately ended in a loss, it cemented the Bengals as one of the rising teams behind the outburst of Burrow.

While the team has already almost reached the top of the mountain, Burrow says expectations remain very high for the new season.

“I think we’re going to have a really good team. We got most of our defense back, added some really key pieces that I think performed really well in camp, not just on the pitch but in the dressing room,” did he declare. said.

“We’ve added some great guys in there, and that’s just as important as on the court…I think our expectation is to be in every game we play and win our division and make the playoffs. I think that’s the goal every year.”

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