Marvin Lewis addressed the media prior to the team’s Wednesday practice, and he shared some news that many Bengals players were hoping to hear.
A.J. Green is going to be fine and it sounds like he will play on Sunday, though nothing is certain.
“A.J. will be fine. It was a little bit of an aggregation of an injury he had in college,” Lewis said. “He’s seemed to come around quickly with the anti-inflammatories. We’re very fortunate with that. I didn’t know what he had injured — he was complaining about both sides (of his pelvis).”
The main headline there is Green being (hopefully) healthy enough to play in Atlanta. He suffered a groin/hip/shoulder injury last Sunday against the Panthers that held him out for a good chunk of the game. The Bengals are referring to the injury as a pelvis injury, though Lewis elaborated a bit more.
“Both hips, and that he landed awkwardly on his shoulder. Sometimes football is ugly,” Lewis said laughing.
You never really know how severe an injury like that can be, but it seems like it’s a bruise more than a real injury.
Green had five catches for 58 yards on the day before getting injured. He has four touchdowns on the season, so his presence would be huge Sunday.
Preston Brown is also on the mend, which is music to fans’ ears. He hasn’t played since Week 1. He suffered an ankle injury during the game, but he ended up returning to finish the game. However, he wasn’t able to go for the following two weeks. After the Bengals allowed 230 yards rushing last week, Brown’s return could be just what the Bengals need.
However these weren’t the only Bengals to get some good news about their injuries.
“Joe is doing great,” Lewis said of Joe Mixon on Wednesday. “I don’t know where he’ll be listed (on the injury report) this week (laughs), but we’re happy with his and Billy’s (Price) progress. We have a chance to have all hands on deck soon, which is exciting. Joe’s youth is playing a big part, and Billy’s youth is playing a big part (in their progress). We’ll keep the glass half-full and keep moving on.”
It’s unlikely Mixon plays against the Falcons and Price will not play against the Falcons, but they both could return at home against the Dolphins in Week 5. Either way it is great news to hear they’re doing well. Mixon was originally given a two to four week timetable for his recovery from a minor knee surgery, so the idea he could only miss two games is as good as it gets there.
Price’s injury was more of an enigma. He also suffered his injury on Thursday Night Football against the Ravens, but his timetable was more up in the air as it was supposed to be reevaluated after two weeks. Clearly though his foot injury is heading in the right direction.
All in all, it sounds like Cincinnati will be fully healthy, or as close as possible, for their game against Pittsburgh in Week 6. Vontaze Burfict also returns from his suspension in Week 5.