The injury bug continues to plague the Cincinnati Bengals this preseason. The latest victim is possibly the last player than can afford to lose.
All-Pro receiver A.J. Green was forced from Sunday's preseason game in Jacksonville with an apparent knee injury. The injury occurred on a play as Green was running his route, but came out of his break awkwardly and began limping around the field.
Green would stay in the game and run a route fine during the next play, but then limped to the sideline in obvious pain. The team later announced it was a knee injury and on the sidelines, it was said that he could play on Thursday (though, he won’t).
Still, anytime you see your franchise receiver limping around, it brings about serious concern. Green was later seen walking around the sideline fine and did not appear to be in any pain, so it looks like the Bengals dodged a bullet.
Green is coming off a fifth-straight Pro Bowl after once again playing like an All-Pro in 2015. He’s on pace to be a Hall-of-Fame receiver if he keeps producing at his current pace.
It doesn’t look like this injury will slow that pace, as the regular season is still two weeks away. It appears that Green is not in danger of missing that Week 1 opener against the New York Jets.
If Green were to miss anytime, that would leave Cincinnati with a rookie in Tyler Boyd, an injured veteran in Brandon LaFell, and a seldom-used return man in Brandon Tate as their top wide receivers. Let’s just say, that’s not ideal.
We will keep you posted on Green as more details and updates on his injury are revealed.
Update: The Bengals and Green have both said that the wide receiver is fine and would be probable for the next game were this the regular-season. (Note: they may be forgetting that probable is no longer an injury designation.) It’s unlikely Green would play on Thursday regardless of his injury, so the next time we see him will be for Week 1 against the Jets. You can breathe a sigh of relief now!