Officially, Cincinnati never announced Green had an injury, but he was clearly hobbled by something during the second half. He was seen limping around the field and sideline on several occasions as it was clear something was wrong. He went in and out of the lineup beginning in the third quarter.
During the broadcast, ESPN sideline reporter Lisa Salters reported that Green did not receive any treatment on the sideline, so whatever it was, it must have been something Green and the Bengals were confident he could work through.
Hopefully, it was nothing more than cramps. It is worth noting that when Green started limping in the third quarter, he had six catches for 60 yards. He would catch just one pass for eight yards the rest of the game.
Elsewhere, Wallace Gilberry suffered a calf injury in the third quarter of the loss. He was quickly called doubtful to return and never did re-appear. It’s never a good sign when a player gets that designation so quickly, especially with the Bengals so thin in this area.
Margus Hunt was made inactive for this game, leaving the Bengals with just Gilberry, Carlos Dunlap, Michael Johnson, and Will Clarke at defensive end against a Giants team that heavily favors the pass.
Gilberry was just signed off the street last week, so it’s not very surprising he suffered an injury so quickly. He probably shouldn’t have been thrown right into significant action in his first game back, since Week 4 when he was playing for the Lions, but that’s another discussion for another day.
All said, both injuries were just one of many things that helped contribute to what was easily the most frustrating loss in a season of continual disappointment for the Bengals.