Marvin Lewis is going full Marvin Lewis.
Despite reports from last Sunday that A.J. Green had a good chance of playing this week against the Browns, Green didn’t step onto the practice field all week long. But Lewis didn’t want to give up faith on his Pro Bowl receiver on Friday, and said that Green was “on schedule” and should be able to practice Saturday, just a day before kickoff.
Lewis said Green will try to get work in Saturday.— Fletcher Page (@FletcherPage) November 23, 2018
"They thought he would get more work in earlier, but he'll be able to work tomorrow, supposedly, so we'll see," Lewis said.
But, Green along with Dre Kirkpatrick were downgraded from questionable to play to doubtful to play on Saturday.
The Bengals just had a rough week on the injury front so even before he was downgraded, it was hard to remain optimistic about Green’s return, especially when he was reportedly not supposed to return until December. Now it looks like we’ll have to hope to see Green next week against the Broncos.
Cordy Glenn is listed as questionable and was limited on Thursday after missing Wednesday and Friday’s practices. Both Glenn and Kirkpatrick haven’t missed a game this season.
It seems that Josh Malone’s hamstring injury is clearly a serious one as he’ll be out for the third game in a row. In addition, Nick Vigil will miss his fifth game in a row with his knee injury.
Thankfully, everyone besides Glenn who were limited on Thursday got a full practice in on Friday. Darqueze Dennard, Clayton Fejedelem, Michael Johnson and Shawn Williams are all good to go for Sunday.
For the Browns, the only players who are questionable are tight end David Njoku and center J.C Tretter. Njoku went limited Wednesday and Thursday before getting a full practice on Friday, so he should be good to go. Tretter went limited today after not practicing on Wednesday and Thursday, so his status is more up in the air.
The Browns are much more healthier than the Bengals at this point, and the same can be said about nearly every other team compared to Cincinnati.
NOTE: Green and Kirkpatrick have been downgraded to DOUBTFUL.