Before Week 1, it was believed that A.J. Green would be back before the halfway point of the season. Now in Week 4, hope is quickly dwindling on that front.
Green will not play in tonight’s matchup vs. the Steelers and is not expected to play in the next two games as well, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Cincinnati’s wait for the return of Pro Bowl WR A.J. Green will continue on….and potentially on and on.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 30, 2019
Green will not play Monday night against the Steelers, and he is not expected to play at least the next two weeks, either, against Arizona and at Baltimore, per sources.
There was some recent progress regarding Green’s ankle injury, but the star receiver still has not practiced and it appears he won’t be for a little while longer.
Looking at the schedule, this new timetable puts Week 7 in the crosshairs as the earliest return point for Green. The Bengals are home against the Jaguars that week, and if they haven’t traded away Jalen Ramsey by then, you know Green will want to suit up that week. But ultimately, it’s not up to him.
Week 7 is just two weeks before the Bengals’ bye week. They travel to London to play the Rams in Week 8 and get the traditional week off after a transatlantic travel schedule. If Green can’t go by Week 7, it would make sense to just keep him out until after the bye week. A fully healthy Green for the remaining eight weeks is better than risking Green to further injury by bringing him back too early.
Green has not played in any game since Week 13 of last season; a game in which he played just 17 snaps.