CINCINNATI — Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow is out indefinitely after suffering an appendectomy early in training camp.
Bengals coach Zac Taylor said he doesn’t have a timeline for Burrow’s return to the field.
“I hate putting a timeline on that,” Taylor said Friday. “But he’s doing a lot of good mental work right now.”
The third-year quarterback and first pick in the 2020 draft has not participated in any practice since the start of training camp for the Bengals last week. But Burrow remains visible and active as they prepare for the upcoming season.
Taylor said Burrow is involved in team meetings, even leading some of them like he did before practice on Friday. When asked if Burrow could be used to signal play calls like Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray did during their respective camp, Taylor replied that it was not necessary.
“He’s been very engaged,” Taylor said. “I don’t think we need that to stimulate him. He does a very good job of that.”
Burrow has been outside with the team for two practices this week, observing the team’s drills on a medical cart. He drove the medical cart across the pitch with the rest of the attack at the end of Thursday’s practice as the unit took part in some light conditioning as a penalty for losing a team drill to of the defense.
Taylor said Burrow has been very visible to his teammates, even though he couldn’t be fully engaged during training camp.
“We’re excited to see it,” Taylor said. “He’s our quarterback.”