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A.J. Green has ligament damage in ankle and will miss 6-8 weeks, per ESPN

Green’s injury will sideline him for around two months.

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A.J. Green’s injury is more serious than what was originally thought.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Green underwent an MRI that revealed ligament damage in his ankle, which will sideline him for 6-8 weeks.

NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero adds that Green is seeking a second opinion, but it doesn’t appear surgery will be needed.

The initial reports were that Green suffered a low-ankle sprain that could sideline him around four weeks but not put him in danger of missing Week 1 vs. the Seahawks. Now, he’ll almost certainly miss that and potentially several more regular-season games.

After Seattle, the Bengals host the 49ers, face the Bills in Buffalo, then take on the Steelers on Monday Night Football in Pittsburgh. If eight weeks is the longest Green would be out, then he should be back for the game in Buffalo, but after a long layoff, the Bengals may bring him back slowly and not risk a re-injury.

The good news is it’s not season-ending, but this is still a major setback for Green and the Bengals, especially as they look to hammer out an extension before he hits free agency in 2020.