The Cincinnati Bengals proved on Sunday that they can compete without A.J. Green.
However, looking for an extension this season, Andy Dalton proved that they team can’t just compete offensive, but they can thrive. Dalton threw for a career-high 395 passing yards in Week 1.
Although they played well against Seattle, ultimately losing 21-20, the offensive that’s been void of Green for the past five games needs their star receiver back. That said, after an injury in training camp, a good update has been giving on Green’s progression.
Bengals.com writer Geoff Hobson tweeted that Green is doing work on a zero-gravity treadmill and has shed the walking boot.
A.J. Green rehab progressing to running on zero gravity treadmill— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) September 11, 2019
Green is encouraged. Says he’s turned the corner now that boot off— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) September 11, 2019
A. J. says he won’t put timetable on it: “Just making sure I don’t come back too soon and hurt it again’— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) September 11, 2019
Green, who underwent ankle surgery in the preseason, wasn’t placed on the injured reserve so the team does expect him back in the near future. The realistic goal is for Green to play in the team’s Week 3 matchup against the Bills or even Week 4 against Pittsburgh.
In the meantime, the Bengals will rely heavily upon Tyler Boyd and John Ross III. Sunday, they proved that they can handle the load. Like Andy Dalton, Ross III also proved that he’s capable of being an elite threat offensively.
He totaled 158 yards and two touchdowns. Although he did have a few drops as well, Ross made up for them in almost every way possible and gave Cincinnati a glimpse of what they hoped for back in 2017.
A three-man trio with Green back and Boyd not being the star receiver could produce even more gaps in the defense. Then, the team may be able to get Joe Mixon, AFC’s leading rusher in 2018, going, something they weren’t able to do in Seattle.
It’ll all start with A.J. Green, and hopefully he’s just week from a return.