CINCINNATI: He’s officially back.
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow trained for the first time in training camp. Nearly three weeks after he had his appendix removed, Burrow donned his orange No. 9 jersey and participated in multiple exercises during Sunday’s practice session.
All of his teamwork took place in a 7-on-7 phase that was more grueling than coach Zac Taylor expected.
“We talked about doing two reps in 7-on-7,” Taylor said after practice. “And then he took 10. That’s how it goes sometimes.”
Previously, Burrow’s most notable work came during practice last Monday when he made some easy throws during an impromptu walkabout.
On Sunday, Burrow decided to push his limits.
Burrow took in all of the reps during this 7v7 drill. That also took some of the pressure off the rest of the team’s quarterbacks after Brandon Allen suffered a concussion in last Friday’s preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals.
Burrow’s most notable passes were two long finishes – one to veteran receiver Trenton Irwin and the other to rookie Kwamie Lassiter II. Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase, who watched the bulk of Burrow’s throws during that 7-on-7 period, said it took the defense to allow the team’s star quarterback because the quarterback brought positive energy to practice.
“It’s funny because every pass he threw today, I called out before he threw it,” said Chase, who also played with Burrow at LSU. “I think I still know him very well.”
The third-year quarterback wasn’t the only key player to make significant strides on Sunday. Wide receiver Tee Higgins attended team practice for the first time. Rookie Cordell Volson also took over the starting left guard position for the team as Jackson Carman was out.
Cincinnati is trying to replicate last season’s success, which included a Super Bowl run that Burrow led. The top overall pick in the 2020 draft completed 70.4% of his passes for 4,611 yards, 34 touchdowns and 14 interceptions as the Bengals played for the Lombardi Trophy for the first time in 33 years.
The Bengals have been hesitant to release firm schedules for Burrow’s exercise adjustment after July 26 appendix surgery. Taylor said he was unsure when Burrow would return to full participation.
But he was with his teammates on Sunday. It was the first time since organized team activities that Burrow, new tight end Hayden Hurst and all of the returning players from last year’s Super Bowl run trained together.
Higgins said, “As soon as we got into the group I was like, ‘Uh oh. We’re back.'”
https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/34400122/joe-burrow-makes-training-camp-debut-cincinnati-bengals-participates-several-drills Joe Burrow makes training camp debut for Cincinnati Bengals, participates in several drills