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A.J. Green updates his recovery status

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Green is about to take the next step in his recovery process.

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One of the biggest non-coaching storylines this offseason for the Bengals is the recovery of A.J. Green.

The star wide receiver is still working his way back from a torn toe ligament, which is expected to sideline him for several months. The hope is he will be back in time for the start of OTAs, which will be the first under presumed head coach Zac Taylor.

According to Fletcher Page of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Green is making good progress, though he’s still in a walking month as the calendar turns to February.

But the plan is for Green to shed said boot in the coming weeks, which will allow him to take the next step in his recovery.

“Next step is I put on a shoe and I start bending it back more and moving it more,” Green said. “The biggest thing is it’s the offseason and we have time. We don’t have to rush anything. The biggest thing is getting range of motion back.”

2018 was a season to forget for the Bengals, as they went 6-10 in part because their stud receiver had trouble just staying on the field.

Green suffered a groin injury earlier this seasons that ultimately didn’t cost him any games, though it did cost him much of the 31-21 loss to the Panthers. He later suffered a toe injury late in a win over the Buccaneers. That sidelined him for three games before returning against the Broncos in Week 13, only to re-injure the same toe enough that he would later require surgery, which was expected to sideline him for 3-4 months.

Green missed most of that loss to Denver. If you count that and the loss in Carolina, Cincinnati ultimately went 1-8 when Green was injured vs. 5-2 when he was healthy.

In nine games this past season Green caught 46 passes for 694 yards and six touchdowns, three of which came against the Ravens in Week 2. He’s now failed to eclipse 1,000 receiving yards in two of the past three seasons after hitting that mark in his first five seasons. A hamstring injury ended his 2016 prematurely.

Hopefully, Green comes back as good as ever in 2019 and doesn’t miss any offseason workouts.