The Bengals won’t have A.J. Green again this season, and he’s set to miss a good chunk of the ensuring offseason.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Green suffered torn ligaments in his toe during Sunday’s loss to the the Broncos, which will require surgery and a lengthy rehab.
Bengals' WR A.J. Green is expected to undergo season-ending surgery on the torn ligaments in his toe that will sideline him 3-4 months, but he is expected to have a full recovery and be ready for OTAs, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 4, 2018
This is the absolute last thing this franchise needed right now, so of course, that’s exactly what happened in Green’s return from a three-game absence, which was caused by this same injury, though it was far less severe until he made it worse Sunday.
This is also yet another example of Marvin Lewis and this medical staff allowing players to return from injury far too early. Green was actually limited in practice throughout the week leading into Sunday’s 24-10 loss to Denver.
Green deserves a lot of credit for fighting through the injury and returning to try to help Cincinnati salvage its season, but Lewis and the medical staff failed him, just as they’ve done on far too many other occasions with other players.
The good news is, if this timetable holds up, Green could be back in time when OTAs rev up in April, though he’ll probably be limited in how much he’s allowed to do.