Bengals head coach Zac Taylor told reporters yesterday that there would be an update on A.J. Green’s sprained ankle today. He didn’t say anything about Green having any procedure done in the meantime, but that’s precisely what happened.
Green underwent a minor procedure to clean up his injured ankle this morning, per Ian Rapoport.
#Bengals WR AJ Green underwent a minor ankle procedure this morning to clean it out after his injury, sources say. The timeline should remain the same and Week 1 is still possible.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 30, 2019
Rapoport also stated that the final plan for Green’s recovery is still undecided and the team is willing to wait and see about Green’s condition in a couple of weeks.
From Inside Training Camp: #Bengals WR AJ Green had his second opinion on his sprained ankle and is out the next several weeks. His status for the opener is up in the air, and whether he's ready depends on how rest and rehab go. pic.twitter.com/vNWEgEtcJX— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 30, 2019
Essentially, this procedure should eventually help clear things up with where Green is with his ankle in time for the team to decide if additional surgery is needed for him to heal. The original diagnosis of 6-8 weeks is still applicable to Green, which coincides with a possible Week 1 return.
This is obviously positive news for Green, who missed seven of Cincinnati’s final eight games last season due to a foot injury. The seven-time Pro Bowl receiver is also currently in talks with the team about an extension, so the sooner he returns healthy, the better both sides can feel about reaching a deal.
Green suffered the injury during the Bengals’ first training camp practice last Saturday when the team practiced at Welcome Stadium in Dayton.