NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 06: A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals stretches before the NFL game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on November 6, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
After sustaining a knee injury against the Pittsburgh Steelers during a 36-yard touchdown reception, Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green exited the game at half-time and spent the entire day against the Ravens in a dark gray hoodie on the sidelines. Thankfully Jerome Simpson stepped up last Sunday to give Cincinnati a fighting chance during the closing quarter, posting eight receptions and 152 yards receiving for the game. When asked about Green's status this weekend during Monday's press conference, Bengals head coach simply said, "We'll see."
Usually questionable updates from Lewis means that he's as unsure about a player's availability as anyone. And in the case of Green's of hyperextended knee, updates won't be known until this week's practices play out, gaining a greater understanding on his readiness for the Cleveland Browns this weekend.
Though Simpson stepped up as Andy Dalton's "holy hail mary" receiver under intense pressure, it was Andrew Hawkins that's benefited greatly during Green's absence over the past six quarters. Against the Steelers and Ravens, Hawkins has participated in over half of the team's offensive snaps, posting nine receptions for 103 yards receiving combined.