Though helping the Bengals get on the scoreboard last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers, cutting a 14-point deficit in half. Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green suffered a hyperextended knee on the play. Green's participation during the game was limited for the remainder of the first half, to a stationary bike in the second half. During a full week of practice heading into the Baltimore Ravens, Green didn't participate and he's currently listed as doubtful with many beat writers all but writing, "out" on their daily reports. With Green sitting this weekend, the Bengals will need a wide receiver to step up this weekend to prevent Baltimore from stacking the deck and neutralizing Cincinnati's rushing offense.
Even though we're pointed out Jerome Simpson's struggles this year catching the football, Simpson has the potential to have a big play, a game-changing moment. With Green on the shelf, Simpson could be Andy Dalton's primary receiver, especially during those scramble-out-then-chuck-it-deep moments that's defined much of the quarterback's relationship with Green this year.
The last time Simpson played the Ravens (week 17 in 2010) Simpson posted 12 receptions (of 14 targets) for 123 yards receiving and a touchdown. Additionally Simpson has scored a receiving touchdown in two of the past three games this year and he's recorded as many 100-yard receiving games as Green has this year (2).