Foot problems may as well be the primetime games of injuries for the Bengals because they can’t seem to catch a break with any of them.
Wide receiver A.J. Green hurt his foot late in the team’s Week 8 win against the Buccaneers and on Sunday it was reported that he’s expected to miss “some games.” That’s now been further updated to “at least two games” before he’s re-evaluated.
He will not need foot surgery, but Bengals’ WR AJ Green is expected to miss at least two games before doctors re-evaluate his foot injury to determine when he can play again, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 5, 2018
The Bengals’ next two games come against the Saints in Week 10 and Ravens in Week 11. The Bengals then host the Browns in Week 12.
For what it’s worth, Ian Rapoport is saying Green will miss at least one game and then be week-to-week after that.
Here’s a look at the play on which the injury occurred:
On Monday, head coach Marvin Lewis said Green’s injury will NOT require surgery. So at least there’s one positive.
Marvin Lewis said AJ Green does NOT need surgery this year. But as to his timetable to return, he didn’t say.— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) November 5, 2018
But Lewis did not offer up a timeline for his star receiver’s return.
Marvin wouldn't put a timeline on what he meant by "he'll be fine." He wouldn't even rule A.J. out this week, but that seems like a stretch. Bottom line is the team appears to have caught a break with the severity of the injury. #Bengals— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonATH) November 5, 2018
If you remember, Green initially told reporters that he was fine after the game.
AJ Green says he jammed his toe and should be fine.— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) October 28, 2018
Then, for what was deemed precautionary purposes, Green showed up on Tuesday in a walking boot. Later in the week, swelling started to appear on his foot and the team decided he needed to undergo more testing to come to a conclusion.
Part of that additional testing was Green taking a trip up north for answers.
Green was reportedly in Green Bay visiting with foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson to figure out the prognosis for his foot.
#Bengals star WR AJ Green was slated to visit foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay during the bye, sources say, as his toe swelled up. Clarity is coming soon, with everything — day-to-day, week-to-week, surgery — on the table for Green. Big appointment.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 4, 2018
We now know surgery isn’t happening, but we don’t know how long it will take for Green to return to the field. He was not at Paul Brown Stadium on Monday.
Similar to his rookie teammate Billy Price, Green’s foot injury was initially thought to be no big deal. As it turned out, Price has missed the last six games and only just started practicing a week-and-a-half ago. The timeline of Green’s injury has progressed only negatively thus far, but we technically don’t know where we stand with it until news from the appointment with Dr. Robert Anderson surfaces.
Coincidentally, the day that Green was spotted with a boot was the same day as the trade deadline, but of course the Bengals didn’t make any moves to bolster their receiving depth. The Bengals did promote Auden Tate from the practice squad to the roster on Monday when they officially placed Carl Lawson on season-ending IR.
Dre Kirkpatrick reacted to the news of Green’s injury in the locker room following the Bengals’ bye week.
If the Bengals are without Green for any stretch of games, their season could be in jeopardy.