The Bengals saw superstar wide receiver A.J. Green leave Sunday’s loss to the Panthers twice with varying injuries. The second one ended his day though as Green suffered a groin injury in the third quarter.
Green sat on a water cooler for most of the rest of the game after leaving the contest, and though he was originally deemed probable to return, that quickly changed to questionable. Questionable was optimistic as he never made it back onto the field.
After the game, Marvin Lewis said he was “not sure” if Green would be able to play when the Bengals take on the Falcons in Atlanta in Week 4. Green was more optimistic though, saying he didn’t think the injury was serious and that he’d be fine. With that said, players often minimize their injuries, just like Joe Mixon did last Thursday before having surgery on Saturday.
A.J. Green says he doesn’t think injury is serious and should be good to go next week. Of note: Mixon said same last week.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) September 23, 2018
AJ Green: Nothing serious. I'll be ready next week.— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) September 23, 2018
AJ Green: "I came down on my hip, I guess my two bones just hit against (each other). I should be fine."— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) September 23, 2018
"I didn't feel anything pop or anything like that, so I should be fine."
Will you go next week? "Oh yeah. I'll be fine." #Bengals
Though the Bengals announced Green’s injury as a groin problem, he made it sound like an issue with his hip bone.
It’s possible the Bengals could be without Green and Mixon against the Falcons, though it’s also possible both will play in Atlanta. This is going to be a rough week of Marv-ball wait and see and I’d imagine we’ll have some of his infamous weather reports in our future.
Former NFL doctor and injury expert David Chao says Green looked “hurt rather than injured,” which should be a good sign for his Week 4 availability.