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The Bengals actually allowed Joe Burrow to lead his return to the practice field....

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giving him as much time as he needed (and presumably requiring a doctor's okay as well...

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to feel entirely at ease on the field. But what about the remaining tasks?

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Not much has been missed by Burrow. A few days following his appendectomy....

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he resumed attending meetings and spent as much time inside the building as he normally would have....

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In the big picture, it would probably be better to treat this like, say, a sprained ankle....

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A player would continue putting in all the mental work necessary to be ready for the....

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season and be ready to go when he felt well enough to resume normal activities.