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Bengals not shutting down A.J. Green, per report

Cincinnati and A.J. Green want the same thing.

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A.J. Green’s injured ankle has been the topic on everyone’s mind this season in Cincinnati. The Bengals have sorely missed their star receiver and, despite a winless season derailing any playoff hopes they once had, they still hope to see Green out on the field this year.

Before today’s game against the Ravens, Green was seen going through an on-field rehabbing session and, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the Bengals have no plans to shut down Green’s season just yet.

Green was well enough to practice early last week but was quickly downgraded to day-to-day when he noticed swelling in his ankle. At this point, there’s no reason to play Green unless he’s 100% healed.

The ankle injury isn’t the only situation revolving around Green. The Bengals are negotiating an extension for the seven-time Pro Bowl wideout and both sides are reportedly still far apart. But Green isn’t the player to holdout from playing for reasons like that. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the team hopes Green can practice this upcoming week so he can make his debut, something Green wishes would’ve happened this week.

Seeing Green finally play next week may seem unlikely, but at least the team and Green want the same thing in this case. There’s definite logic in shutting down Green for the rest of the season, but if the man wants to play and can play, he’s going to play. We’ll see if he’s able to do so soon.