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A.J. Green participates in Bengals’ Wednesday practice; Adam Jones sits out

A.J. Green is inching closer toward a return to game action. as he participated in practice, though, not at a 100% level, on Wednesday.

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The long-awaited return of A.J. Green came on Wednesday. The All-Pro receiver was practicing on the field with his teammates for the first time since injuring his hamstring during the opening drive of the Bengals’ Week 11 loss to the Bills.

It sounds like Green was doing some fairly light work, so don’t get too excited, just yet. It sounds clear that he will not be listed as a full participant on the team’s injury report this afternoon. Still, just seeing Green out there in pads and a helmet is a great sight for Bengals fans.

Green has been on the rehab field for the last two weeks, but has been a non-participant in all practices since he partially tore his hamstring. How much work he gets in during the rest of the week will determine if he is active Sunday for the Bengals-Steelers game.

Yesterday, Green told the Cincinnati Enquirer that he doesn’t expect to be 100% when he returns to play this season.

“It’s getting better, man,” Green said Jim Owczarski on Tuesday. “We’ve got great trainers. I’ve worked my butt off to get where I need to be. I’m not going to be 100 percent whenever I come back and I know; I’m satisfied with that.”

Hopefully, he is healthy enough to return and not threaten further injury to his hamstring this season. It seems like that will be the case, whether it’s this or next week that he makes his return.

Wide receiver James Wright remained out while dealing with his knee injury. That injury occurred in Week 13 and kept Wright from playing last week. Seeing him miss the first practice this week doesn’t bode well for him being active in Week 15, which means Cody Core and Alex Erickson would continue to get more receiver snaps.

Cornerback Adam Jones got what appeared to be a veteran’s rest day off on Wednesday. He’s been playing great as of late after starting out the year slow. He’ll need to be on his A+ game to slow down the Steelers’ explosive offense this Sunday.

Safety Derron Smith is still sidelined while battling a thigh injury, which has kept him inactive for the past three games. One has to wonder if this injury is serious enough to land him on I.R., with just three weeks remaining in the regular season.

In other injury list news, defensive tackle Brandon Thompson will remain on PUP and not be activated to the 53-man roster this season. Thompson had been practicing with the team for the last three weeks after opening the year on PUP while recovering from a torn ACL. But, the team has opted to keep him out, likely because he’s not yet ready for live NFL action.

Defensive end Wallace Gilberry got some work in on the rehab field. If he’s able to return, that would further explain the Bengals’ decision to not activate Thompson off of PUP, since Gilberry can play both end and tackle.

Be sure to check back later for the full practice and participation report for both the Bengals and Steelers.