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AJ Green to see foot specialist; Status vs. Panthers in doubt

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There's good and bad news regarding AJ Green's latest toe injury.

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The Bengals will be anxiously awaiting the results of AJ Green's visit with a foot specialist today. The NFL Network's Ian Rapoport first reported this yesterday, including word the Green's status for Sunday vs. the Panthers is in doubt.

Butch Hobson later added Green is visiting one of the nation’s leading foot specialists in Cincinnati doctor James Amis.

The bad news is it looks like Green isn't going to play Sunday, but the good news is he may have already had an MRI that came back clean.

It’s believed the MRI again showed no tears or breaks, but he’s obviously still having discomfort in the ligament under the sesamoid bone in the ball of the foot underneath the big or great toe.

At this point it’s all speculation because his foot is in the hands of doctors. So anything is on the table pending what they prescribe for treatment, ranging to more treatments while playing, to shutting him down for a few weeks, or maybe longer.  Green was already examined by Amis last month and he'll get looked at by at least one other doctor.

With doctors now examining Green's great toe, the Bengals’ prospects Sunday suddenly don't look as great as they did before Wednesday’s practice. Green re-aggravated his big toe in warmups and left the field in the passenger seat of a golf cart visibly frustrated

Green previously told reporters that he suffered the injury during the first quarter of the Ravens game. He battled through the pain, though, even catching a 77-yard, go-ahead touchdown that helped give the Bengals the 23-16 Week 1 win.

Green later ended up missing the Falcons game because of the injury, but he came out and caught six passes for 102 yards in Week 3 vs. the Titans. He added five catches for 81 yards and a TD in the Bengals' 43-17 loss at New England.