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A.J. Green’s injury has brought out the craziest of crazy Bengals’ fans.

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Camp Report: Taylor Tries On His Different Hats
On Tuesday he donned a doctor’s smock to declare franchise wide receiver A.J. Green is expected to miss “some,” regular-season games with torn ligaments in his ankle. He also slipped into a weatherman’s blazer to cancel his first padded practice as a monsoon blew across the Paul Brown Stadium practice fields powered by lightning bolts and refused to peter out before 4:30 p.m.

Quick Hits: Green In Gray Area
Reports on Tuesday had Green undergoing “minor,” surgery on his left ankle, calling it a “clean-out.” The operative prognosis is six to eight weeks and while the main storyline is if the rehab gets him back for the Sept. 6 opener in Seattle, the truth of medicine is it is all guesswork.

Bengals Sign CB Tony Lippett, Waive LB Chris Worley
Lippett (6-3, 192), a fifth-year pro, was originally a fifth-round draft pick of the Miami Dolphins in 2015. He spent his first two seasons (2015-16) with Miami, and then played part of last season with the N.Y. Giants. He’s played in 28 career games (13 starts) and totaled 81 tackles, 12 passes defensed and four INTs.

Fans Invited To Family DEY On Saturday
Bengals new head coach Zac Taylor will lead his first public practice inside Paul Brown Stadium during “Family DEY” this Saturday. Family DEY features free parking, kid-friendly activities, prizes, an open practice and player autographs after practice. Following the autograph session, once players and coaches have left the field, fans will be invited to spend 20 minutes on the game field.

Bengals WR Green likely to miss multiple games
Taylor said the ninth-year receiver underwent the procedure on Tuesday morning, three days after Green was carted off the field during the team's first practice of the preseason.

Bengals will try to keep 'fire' going while A.J. Green is out
Green was spotted in the Bengals' locker room riding around on a push scooter, with the injured left foot in a protective boot. Bengals coach Zac Taylor said they are still waiting for “some clarification from another doctor” before announcing a timeline for Green’s return.

Bengals' Taylor: 'Good chance' A.J. Green misses multiple regular-season games with ankle injury
When All-Pro wide receiver A.J. Green went down at training camp in obvious pain, there was worry. After seeing him then carted off to the locker room, there was concern. An initial X-ray showed no fractures, though, and the Bengals stopped short of panicking -- with an MRI having been scheduled to fully determine Green's status.

Bengals WR A.J. Green underwent ankle procedure
Green's opening-week availability has been in doubt since he suffered the sprained ankle on Saturday in Dayton, Ohio. The initial timeline suggested a 6-to-8-week rehab. Week 1 is six weeks away, hence the questionable availability for the Bengals opener in Seattle. Tuesday morning's cleanout should keep that timeline on pace, barring any potential setback.

Cincinnati Bengals injury curse isn't coming from Hollywood
It wasn’t the former Bengals guard that caused the team’s latest adventure in SchleprockLland, you said. It was Woody Harrelson. It was Bo Jackson, whose football career ended on a tackle by Bengals LB Kevin Walker in a 1991 playoff L. It was Stanley Wilson, lamentably coke-d up and AWOL the night before the ’89 Super Bowl.

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Top 100 Players of 2019, Nos. 20-11: Best RB-WR duo move up
Luck back in the top-20 for the second time in his career, and the first since 2015. Injuries pushed Luck entirely off the Top 100 last season, but there's no doubt he will remain as long as he's healthy. With a new coach (Frank Reich) and a talented group of rookies ( Quenton Nelson, Darius Leonard) in 2018, Luck brought the Colts back to the postseason after a four-year hiatus. The 2018 Comeback Player of the Year was a viable MVP candidate had it not been for Patrick Mahomes and Drew Brees. With another healthy year away from the shoulder injury and another year in Reich's offense, Luck should only be better in 2019.

Clay Matthews ready for new chapter with Rams
While the six-time Pro Bowler might know the area, 2019 will be the first full season of his career not playing for Mike McCarthy. Dom Capers served as his defensive coordinator in his first nine seasons, too.

Bruce Arians: Barber-Jones 'heck of a 1-2 punch'
Jones' potential emergence would be quite the turnaround for a player who totaled 44 rushing yards and a touchdown on 23 carries and seven receptions for 33 yards in nine appearances during his rookie year.

Donald Penn headed to Redskins for 1-year deal
The signing of the offensive tackle will provide Washington with key veteran help given Williams' extended holdout, Rapoport added. It's also a sign that an end to Williams' time away doesn't seem to be on the horizon.

Ravens rookie WR Marquise Brown passes physical
Brown had been sidelined by a foot injury and was placed on the non-football injury list on July 18. The receiver passed his conditioning test last week as Baltimore opened training camp, but still needed the clearance that comes with passing a physical. That go-ahead was given on Tuesday afternoon.