WR A.J. Green - Cincinnati Bengals
|6-3, 211||Born: 7-31-1988||College: Georgia||Drafted: Round 1, pick 4|
He is listed as questionable on this week's official injury report.
News you need to know
From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Oct 20): Green was unable to practice last week due to his injured toe, and he was inactive on Sunday after being listed as doubtful to play on Friday. On Monday there are rumors that Green will play in Week 8 - he supposedly got good news from a foot specialist about his toe injury last week. We'll see if he aggravates the injury in practice again this week (or not).
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 20): Green is an upgrade because he is close to returning to the field, and the dire straits the Bengals offense appears to be in will only accelerate his timeline. They NEED him against the Ravens this week.
General News (Fri Oct 24): did not practice on Friday and is officially questionable to play this weekend. It's the third straight day Green has missed practice, making it unlikely that he'll be able to play in Week 8.
General News (Thu Oct 23): did not practice on Thursday.
General News (Wed Oct 22): did not practice on Wednesday. Head coach Marvin Lewis said Green won't play in Week 8 against the Baltimore Ravens unless he's "significantly healed," but left the door open for Green to play. "It's hard for me to put a guy out there Sunday that I don't think can last a full game," Lewis said. "If we have A.J. for part of the game doing certain things, that would be great. I think we could operate offensively ... I guess we'll cross that bridge when the time comes."
General News (Tue Oct 21): has made significant progress in his rehab from his toe injury, according to head coach Marvin Lewis. Green, however, said his return from a toe injury is "still up in the air" heading into Week 8 against the Baltimore Ravens. However, Green said he's making nice progress, and his toe feels much better. Green hasn't played since Week 5 against the New England Patriots. "It's probably not going to be 100 percent," Green said. "I hope it's just manageable and I can get through the season and be fine and still play at a high level."
Week 8: vs Baltimore Ravens
Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Without A.J. Green in the lineup, the Bengals offense has sputtered, and last weekend it came to a grinding halt, producing just 18/38 for 126 yards passing for Andy Dalton. Mohamed Sanu led the team with nine targets for 3/54/0 receiving; Jermaine Gresham converted 12 targets into 10/48/0 - and those were the top two receivers last weekend. YUCK! The good news is that Green sounds like he is close to returning - keep an eye on his practice status this week in Footballguys.com's Players in the News. Until Green gets back to menace teams up the field, it looks like the Bengals' passing offense is going to be a bad fantasy call. Stay tuned to this developing personnel situation before inserting any Bengal in your lineup this week. The Ravens are a tough draw with or without Green - they lead the NFL with only 104 points allowed this season, and are ranked 24th in terms of passing yards allowed per game (258.4), with seven passing TDs given up balanced by four interceptions (tied-18th in the NFL) and 15 sacks (tied-16th) generated. Matt Ryan was sacked five times for -42 yards last week on the way to 29/44 for 186 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions; Mike Glennon was dumped five times for -37 yards to get to 24/44 for 277 net yards passing, two TDs and one interception thrown. Cincinnati is second in the NFL with only six sacks allowed to date - they are pass blocking fairly well so far. This looks like a tough matchup for the struggling Bengals' attack.
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2014 Week 5 vs NE (7 / 5 / 81 / 1 rec)
Green got a Sunday Night primetime game on Revis Island. Green's numbers ended up ok, but for the most part Revis completely shut Green down. Early on the physical play from the Patriots defenders knocked Green out of his rhythm. Revis was in Green's face the entire first half, and really shut him down. On one occasion Green came across the middle, caught a pass, but then lost the ball when Revis stripped him of the ball, ending the drive. Early on it was a complete shutdown of AJ. In the second half, Green woke up a little bit, although it was at a point where the Patriots already had a big lead. Green ran deep, got a little separation from REvis and then reached out and grabbed the 35 yard pass. It was a nice route, and really Green's only success of the day against Revis. Very soon after that, Revis injured himself and temporarily left the game. On the first play that Revis was out, Dalton fired a ball to Green in the endzone for a TD. Green ran straight upfield then curled out toward the corner, caught the ball and held on as he was going out of the back of the endzone. It was a very good throw and catch, but it didn't come on Revis. Green's just not a physical WR and struggles when matched up against some of the more physical cornerbacks in the league. Although he ended up with decent numbers, his poor first half, his fumble and his inability to get open on Revis for much of the game ended up being a big reason that Cincy couldn't get things going on offense.
Latest NewsBengals | A.J. Green listed as doubtful (Fri Oct 24, 02:08 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) did not practice again Friday, Oct. 24, and he's listed as doubtful for Week 8 against the Baltimore Ravens. link to story Bengals | A.J. Green not practicing (Fri Oct 24, 11:35 AM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) is not practicing Friday, Oct. 24. It's the third straight day he has missed practice, making it unlikely that he'll be able to play in Week 8. Our View: Green won't be back to save the Bengals offense this week. Mohamed Sanu is a boom/bust WR3/Flex play and Giovani Bernard could get more targets, but do less with them.
link to story Bengals | A.J. Green missing from practice (Thu Oct 23, 04:46 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) sat out of practice for the second straight day Thursday, Oct. 23. Our View: We'll have to watch this. Hopefully he can play as we could see him putting up WR2 numbers in a critical divisional game. But that toe could also hold him back. We'll be watching tomorrow to see if he sits or practices. That will be the telling moment.
link to story Bengals | A.J. Green absent at practice (Wed Oct 22, 04:32 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) wasn't feeling good enough to return to practice Wednesday, Oct. 22. Head coach Marvin Lewis said Green won't play in Week 8 against the Baltimore Ravens unless he's 'significantly healed,' but left the door open for Green to play. “It’s hard for me to put a guy out there Sunday that I don’t think can last a full game,” Lewis said. “If we have A.J. for part of the game doing certain things, that would be great. I think we could operate offensively … I guess we’ll cross that bridge when the time comes.” Our View: Green's status for Week 8 is up in the air right now. Watch to see if he can practice later in the week.
link to story Bengals | A.J. Green's status up in the air (Tue Oct 21, 12:09 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) said his return from a toe injury is 'still up in the air' heading into Week 8 against the Baltimore Ravens. However, Green said he's making nice progress, and his toe feels much better. Green hasn't played since Week 5 against the New England Patriots. 'It's probably not going to be 100 percent,' Green said. 'I hope it's just manageable and I can get through the season and be fine and still play at a high level.' Our View: The team is going to monitor Green as he works through the week of practice. This situation could go either way, so make sure to check back each day for practice status updates.
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