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WR A.J. Green - Cincinnati Bengals

6-3, 211Born: 7-31-1988College: GeorgiaDrafted: Round 1, pick 4

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A.J. Green strained his hamstring in Week 11. The injury initially appeared severe, but reports since then have been more optimistic. He will not play Week 12, and stands a good chance to miss time beyond that as well.

He is listed as out on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Sun Nov 27): Green (hamstring injury) was listed as out on Friday's injury report, didn't practice at all last week, and he was inactive on Sunday as expected.

General News (Fri Dec 2): is out for this week's game. Green said he suffered a Grade 2 hamstring tear, and he's working to get back this season. It may not be until Week 17.

General News (Thu Dec 1): did not practice on Thursday. Green is making expected progress in his recovery from his hamstring injury but will not be able to play in Week 13, according to sources. Green may have a chance to play in Week 14, in the opinion of ESPN's Bob Holtzman.

General News (Wed Nov 30): did not practice on Wednesday.

General News (Tue Nov 29): is unlikely to play in Week 13 against the Philadelphia Eagles, but head coach Marvin Lewis use the term "partly cloudy" when referring to his receiver's likely status. Thanks, Brick.

Week 13: vs Philadelphia Eagles

All WR vs PHI

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Without A.J. Green (hamstring, out) or Giovani Bernard (IR), Andy Dalton had a rough outing in Baltimore, taking three sacks for -22 yards (one was a strip-sack causing one of his four fumbles - he lost two on the day) while throwing 26/48 for 283 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions. Tyler Eifert came back from the fantasy walking dead with 11 targets for 5/68/1 receiving, while Tyler Boyd (nine for 5/62/0) and Jeremy Hill (six for 6/61/0) also went over 60 yards receiving on the day. Brandon Lafell saw nine targets but only managed 3/38/0 receiving. The Eagles' pass defense coughed up 30/39 for 313 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions to Aaron Rodgers and company, while sacking him zero times. Last week, the Seahawks posted 19/32 for 287 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown, with one sack taken for zero yards. The Eagles have been soft in this phase of the game in recent weeks - from Week Nine to Week 12 of the 2016 season (over the last four weeks, but includes 14 teams on bye during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), Philadelphia has averaged 23.9 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (10th-most in the NFL); and 32.8 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (second-most); with 4.8 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (fourth-least). This looks like a neutral matchup for Dalton and the wide receivers, even though the team has a low chance of getting Green back in action due to his serious hamstring injury. If Green somehow makes it back in time for the game, upgrade this matchup to 'great'.

Recent Stats and Projections

10 at NYG 50 0 0 0 11 7 68 1 0 12.8
11 vs BUF 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
13 vs PHI PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 0 * * * *
13 vs PHI PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 11 vs BUF (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

On the second play of the game, Green was targeted on a short out route. He went to the ground holding his hamstring and left on a cart. Reports on Sunday evening were that the injury was significant and Green is expected to miss the rest of the 2016 season. It may be worth waiting until something more official comes out this week before dropping him, but all signs as of Monday morning point to Green's 2016 season being finished. He should be fully recovered before training camp next season as the rumored recovery is 3-6 months.

2016 Week 10 vs NYG (11 / 7 / 68 / 1 rec)

Green spent most of the game matched up with his former collegiate nemesis Janoris Jenkins and Jenkins was mostly able to hold Green in check. Green did most of his damage in the slot, where he was able to avoid Jenkins. On the Bengals opening drive, Green lined up in the slot with two receivers outside of him. Andy Dalton pump-faked as if he was going to throw a quick wide receiver screen to the outside receiver, which sucked up the linebackers. Green ran straight up the seam and the play fake opened up a big hole in the Giants zone, allowing Green to come wide open for a 14-yard touchdown. The Giants pass rush kept the Bengals from being able to really get anything going to Green deep down the field. While Green was credited with a few deep targets, one was basically thrown away by Dalton in Green's direction as he was chased out of bounds and one came on a hail mary attempt into quadruple coverage at the end of the first half.

2016 Week 8 vs WAS (18 / 9 / 121 / 0 rec)

Green won his individual matchup with Josh Norman, making a number of big catches and also drawing five penalties against the star corner. Green caught a 7-yard pass, but the Bengals instead accepted a 5-yard penalty (and automatic first down) against Norman for hands to the face. Norman was often lined up in press coverage and multiple times went straight to Green's face mask when attempting the initial jam and drawing penalties. While Green had a big day, it could have been much better if Dalton was more accurate deep down the field. Just before halftime, Green blew past Norman on a double move and had a couple yards of separation but Dalton's throw floated wide and out of bounds deep down the left sideline. After just one catch in the first half, Dalton and Green were able to connect for a number of solid gains early in the second half. Green generated a couple yards of separation, streaking down the left sideline for what should have been a 42-yard touchdown, but Green under threw him and Norman was able to get a hand on the pass to break it up. But Dalton came back to Green with success multiple times on the same drive. He hit him for 9 yards on an out route to keep the chains moving. The next play, Green caught a slant for 15 yards, down to the Washington 12-yard line. Green set up 1st-and-goal on the Bengals late go-ahead touchdown with a 40-yard gain down the left sideline, where he beat man coverage against Norman on a go route. Green made the spectacular grab despite getting held and pulled down by Norman.

2016 Week 7 vs CLE (8 / 8 / 169 / 1 rec)

The Bengals clearly wanted to get Green going early and he had four catches in the early minutes of the game. The first two plays of the game were both quick strikes to the star receiver. He took a screen for 12 yards and picked up six on a short comeback. Green caught a 16-yard pass on an out route in the final 30 seconds of the first half to move the Bengals out to midfield. Two plays later, Green made the play of the game on a 48-yard hail mary catch as time expired in the first half. He ran down the middle of the field and Dalton threw the ball up into a cluster of players and Green was able to tip the ball to himself and hang on as the fell to the ground amidst a trio of Browns defenders. Green caught another 48-yard pass early in the third quarter. He ran a go route down the right sideline and was able to reach out with one hand to pull in a perfectly thrown ball from Dalton.

2016 Week 6 vs NE (10 / 6 / 88 / 0 rec)

The Bengals got Green involved early with a screen pass from a novelty formation with two blockers split out wide on each side and only three linemen lined up in the middle of the field. Green was targeted on third-and-goal from the one-yard line, but the fade was played well by Malcolm Butler and the throw was slightly low. Green and Dalton were able to hook up for 22 and 23 yard gains down the right sideline on third downs to keep drives alive. Both drives eventually ended in touchdowns. Dalton hit Green in the red zone for a 14-yard completion down to the Patriots two yard line to set up the first touchdown of the game on the next play. Green had a pretty 15-yard catch called back due to a holding call. Green had a second end zone target on an out route from the slot. It looked like his arm might have been held on the play as he was forced to attempt to make the grab one handed, but no flag was thrown.

2016 Week 5 vs DAL (8 / 4 / 50 / 0 rec)

After a monster Week 4, Green had a quiet game. He did draw a couple pass interference penalties, but was mostly held in check. The Cowboys shifted extra defensive attention his way and the Cowboys pass rush didn't allow time for the Bengals to hit any slow-developing deep shots to Green. Green found a soft spot in the middle of the Cowboys defense for a 22-yard gain on a post route. He was able to draw a pass-interference flag on Mo Claiborne running a 15-yard comeback route. Claiborne made a beautiful leaping play in the end zone to keep Green from hauling in a 32-yard touchdown pass a few plays later. Green had a step on the go route, but Claiborne showed nice recovery speed and used his long arms to tip the ball away at the last instant. Green drew another interference call on a slant route. He hauled in a slant pass in the fourth quarter for a nice gain inside the Cowboys 10-yard line to set up a touchdown a few plays later to LaFell.

2016 Week 4 vs MIA (12 / 10 / 173 / 1 rec)

Green had a great matchup against young corners Xavien Howard and Tony Lippett and took full advantage. He set the tone early for the Bengals and completely dominated the first half. Green almost single-handedly carried the Bengals down the field for an early touchdown. He won a jump ball over Howard for a 51-yard gain to get the Bengals into Miami territory. A few plays later, he took a crossing route for 19 yards to set up first-and-goal. He then finished the drive off with a 7-yard touchdown catch on a quick screen. He caught the ball short, juked corner Tony Lippett behind the line of scrimmage and powered through his attempted tackle to get into the end zone. Green was instrumental on the Bengals' next scoring drive also. He opened the drive with a short 7-yard catch. He gained 15 yards on a crossing route after lining up in the slot, stacked behind the tight end. He then made a spectacular diving catch on a post route over the middle for 20 yards. Green burned again Lippett early in the third quarter on a go route. He beat a jam, ran right past him and snagged the well thrown ball with his hands. If Miami had shown any pulse on offense, Green could have had a record-setting game. But with a safe lead, the Bengals played a very conservative second half.

2016 Week 3 vs DEN (11 / 8 / 77 / 0 rec)

Green had an up-and-down game against the Broncos talented secondary. He was able to get open and make some plays, but had a crucial drop that swung momentum late in the game. Green got open for an easy 9-yard catch on a comeback route on the first drive. Green set up the Bengals second touchdown with an 11-yard grab on a quick screen. He made a nasty cut that left the first Broncos defender grasping for air and was finally pushed out of bounds at the 4-yard line. Green's drop came at the worst time. The Broncos had just taken the lead midway through the fourth quarter and Green was wide-open for a first down on a short out route on the Bengals ensuing drive. The ball bounced right off his hands, causing the Bengals to go three-and-out and give the ball back to the Broncos, who promptly put the game away with a long touchdown pass.

2016 Week 2 vs PIT (8 / 2 / 38 / 0 rec)

Green ran a go route that might have gone for a touchdown, but he was pushed by corner Ross Cockrell as he attempted to accelerate past him, drawing a flag for pass interference that set the Bengals up in the red zone. Green came open late in the end zone after Dalton rolled to his left, but Dalton instead tried to force the ball into Uzomah. Green had a short pass near the sideline go through his hands. The Steelers made sure to keep everything in front of them by keeping safeties deep and mostly took away Green with extra coverage attention.

2016 Week 1 vs NYJ (13 / 12 / 180 / 1 rec)

It's safe to say that Green won his individual matchup against Darrelle Revis. When covered by Revis, Green caught all ten of his targets for 152 yards and a touchdown. Green's long 54-yard touchdown catch came early in the second quarter. He lined up outside against Revis and ran right past him on a post route. Revis thought he had safety help, but the safety bit on a crossing route underneath, leaving Green with almost five yards of separation down the middle of the field. The ball was slightly under thrown, but Green had enough separation to slow down and still have enough space to make the catch in the end zone. The Jets gave Revis safety help at times, but often left Revis on an island in man coverage. When Green was singled up, Dalton checked into plays to get him the ball. Green responded with a number of impressive catches, often against tight coverage. His ability to extend his hands and make acrobatic catches away from his body is elite. Green almost had a 93-yard touchdown reception. He caught a screen pass behind great blocking and looked like he was in the clear but lost his balance sprinting down the sideline and stumbled out of bounds untouched after a 30-yard gain. Green's only negative play of the day caused an early sack when he missed the call and went out to run block on a pass play. Dalton was clearly looking his way and had to eat the ball for a sack. Overall, it was one of the best performances of Green's illustrious career. With Eifert injured and the depth chart behind Green completely rebuilt, the Bengals needed Green to step up and he came through in a big way.


Latest News

Bengals | Week 13 Inactives (Sun Dec 4, 11:49 AM) - The Cincinnati Bengals have declared WR A.J. Green, TE C.J. Uzomah, OG Christian Westerman, TE Clark Harris, S Derron Smith, QB Jeff Driskel, DL Wallace Gilberry inactive for Week 13.

Bengals | Friday injury report for Cincinnati (Fri Dec 2, 08:20 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals DE Wallace Gilberry (calf), WR A.J. Green (hamstring) and S Derron Smith (thigh) have been ruled out for Week 13. LS Clark Harris (groin) and TE C.J. Uzomah (calf) are listed as doubtful. Harris was limited during practice Friday, Dec. 2, while the other players did not practice. OG Clint Boling (shoulder), DE Carlos Dunlap (thigh), TE Ryan Hewitt (foot), TE Tyler Kroft (concussion), QB AJ McCarron (neck), SS Shawn Williams (hamstring) and WR James Wright (hamstring) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report.

Bengals | A.J. Green has Grade 2 tear (Fri Dec 2, 11:20 AM) - Updating previous reports, Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (hamstring) said he suffered a Grade 2 hamstring tear, and he's working to get back this season. It may not be until Week 17.

Our View: Holding onto Green is a nice idea for hope, but if you are in a pinch, it's not crazy to drop him. He is unlikely to play next week and it sounds like Week 15 is a stretch. If Week 16 if his first game back, we won't recommend trusting Green in your championship lineup.
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Bengals | Thursday injury report for Bengals (Thu Dec 1, 02:38 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (hamstring), DE Wallace Gilberry (calf), S Derron Smith (thigh) and TE C.J. Uzomah (calf) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 1. LS Clark Harris (groin), TE Ryan Hewitt (foot), SS Shawn Williams (hamstring) and WR James Wright (hamstring) were limited during practice. OG Clint Boling (shoulder), DE Carlos Dunlap (thigh), TE Tyler Kroft (concussion) and QB AJ McCarron (neck) fully participated in practice.

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Bengals | A.J. Green to miss Week 13 (Thu Dec 1, 01:03 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (hamstring) is making expected progress in his recovery from his hamstring injury but will not be able to play in Week 13, according to sources. Green may have a chance to play in Week 14, in the opinion of ESPN's Bob Holtzman.

Our View: The Bengals have a decent matchup with Philadelphia, but without Green the passing offense is lackluster. Tyler Boyd is the best of the remaining bunch and only a WR5 for all that.
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