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Bengals News (12/4): Cincinnati could use more Joe Mixon with no A.J. Green

With A.J. Green going on injured reserve, the Bengals will have to ride Joe Mixon to the end of the season.

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Notebook: Green Joins Dalton On Shelf; More Mixon?
Wide receiver A.J. Green booted through the Bengals locker room Monday wearing the dreaded thing and the fear is when the specialists re-examine his turf toe he’ll undergo season-ending surgery. There are reports Monday night that Green is headed to a surgical procedure to repair torn ligaments but that he’ll be able to be on the field in the spring. The concern is that the condition will get worse if he plays any more, like the partially torn hamstring that ended his 2016 season after nine games.

Marvin Lewis Press Conference: 12/3
I think the first thing to start with is yesterday with Jeff (Driskel) making his first start. I really thought that there were some positives —- a lot of positives. I thought he was working hard to play on time, and he has to continue to do that. Around him, we have to keep raising the level (of play). I thought we had good movement in the running game. Joe (Mixon) did a great job throughout the football game with his opportunities, when he had the ball in his hands. You’re never going to be perfect, but we had a couple of missed IDs that we have to do a better job with.

Marvin Lewis not expecting assurances from Bengals about future
Lewis, who is in his 16th season coaching the Bengals, was asked if he had been given any assurances by the front office that he would last the season in light of the Green Bay Packers firing longtime coach Mike McCarthy on Sunday.

A.J. Green of Cincinnati Bengals needs toe surgery, out 3-4 months
Cincinnati Bengals receiver A.J. Green is expected to undergo season-ending surgery on torn ligaments in his toe that will sideline him three to four months, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Monday.

Bengals now rank dead last in 3 of 4 major defensive categories
Lewis tried to stop the bleeding by firing former coordinator Teryl Austin but instead has mostly continued the negative trends. Here’s how the unit is doing after Week 13:

TML: Bengals woes, NFL playoffs, George H.W. Bush, CFP final four
I’m shakin’ over heah, boss.* I got the tremors. The sweats are back. I didn’t sleep Sunday night. Every time I closed my eyes, I saw Dave Shula talking to Dave Klingler while having lunch with Derrick Fenner.

Cincinnati Bengals looking for answers after fourth straight loss
The Cincinnati Bengals continue to search for answers why they can’t break out of the funk that has them tumbling toward irrelevance with six losses in the last seven games.

Bengals placing A.J. Green (toe) on season-ending IR
Green is expected to have surgery but will have a doctor's appointment Tuesday morning to determine whether to do so. Green would have a roughly four-month recovery if he does have surgery and would be ready for training camp at the very latest, with appearances in OTAs and minicamp likely, Rapoport added.

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