A month of glass-half-full of hope is abruptly ended when a soccer fan’s favorite team goes to the training camp. The optimism for the possibility of a positive outcome gives way to day-to-day worries about what could happen.
It happens each year. The team’s ideal scenario turns into the worst-case scenario with one of the most significant injuries that can alter everything. It can occur at any point in this season, the process typically happens as soon as teams are gathered and practice begins.
The curve ball can appear from any place and it can come from anywhere, as Bengals fans discovered on Tuesday. In the middle of the blue the QB Joe Burrow suffered an appendectomy. The player will miss a week at most of the season while he recovers from the operation. The end result will be unimportant.
It’s also a reminder of the unpredictable hand of fate in football lingers over each NFL franchise. In a single time from the month of July until January, the fortunes of a team can drastically change within an instant.
The situation could’ve been much worse than the Bengals. Burrow is expected to be back for the start of Week One. In 2006 the Steelers were without their quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to an emergency appendectomy. The Steelers missed his Thursday night game, a banner-raising opener with Nick Saban and the Dolphins. (The Steelers still won the game 28-17, thanks to Charlie Batch throwing three touchdown passes.)
The positive thing for Burrow and anxious Bengals fanatics is there will not have to be another appendectomy. According to Chris Simms said in his first press conference following an operation to remove a splenectomy after beating against the Panthers within the same month that Roethlisberger underwent his appendix removed ” I can’t hurt my spleen again .”