The Rabbitohs on Wednesday confirmed that Burgess, 25, will be able to start playing around the middle of the 2013 season, once he has completed a lengthy rehabilitation plan.
The English international underwent surgery to repair damage to the labrum and capsule in his shoulder after suffering the injury early this week.
Souths coach Michael Maguire said he fully expected Burgess to return in the best possible condition.
“This is definitely a setback for Luke but he takes a highly professional approach to his football and we know he will do everything he can to return as early as he can,” Maguire said on the South Sydney website.
“We have a good team of medical staff and trainers here at Souths and they will make sure that ‘Biffa’ returns in top shape.
“This development opens up an opportunity for other props to gain a spot in the team for round one and the competition for spots, including the front row, is hot at the moment.
“We look forward to seeing Luke back at training and around the team shortly.”
Meanwhile, Souths centre Matt King has suffered complications in the healing of his arm, which he broke during the 2012 finals series.
The Rabbitohs declared King was doing everything possible to be able to play in the season opener.