NOTE: During the regular season, this column is a living document through Tuesday morning. I'll be updating as needed after team press conferences, imaging reports, Monday Night Football injuries, etc. Major changes to the content will be noted in red.
Scroll to the bottom of this article for a quick look table of the week's most pressing injury situations and a review of players on injured reserve / PUP / NFI.
Footballguys will have close and detailed coverage of all injuries this season. Here's a look at my expected schedule. I will do my best to stick to this. Work and family responsibilities may sometimes cause brief delays.
Monday Injury Rounds: Posted Sunday night, updated through Tuesday AM. Detailed analysis of the week's injuries with table for quick review. Offensive injuries will be live Sunday night. Critical defensive and offensive line injuries will be added throughout the day on Monday. I'll be updating with news and analysis through Tuesday.
Midweek Injury Expectations: Posted Wednesday night. Analysis of the practice participation report with a table including my projection of each injured player's likely game status. Will include discussion of any major breaking injury news.
Sunday Gameday Expectations: Posted by Saturday afternoon, updated through Sunday morning inactives. Will include individual player blurbs with detailed thoughts on the week's injury news and my speculation on player availability and limitations. Will include table highlighting each day's practice participation, official game status, and my availability expectation.
I'll be contributing to our waiver wire podcast (Tuesday release) and our live Sunday morning pregame show (10 ET Sunday on YouTube). I will also be retweeting key pieces of news and my own reaction and analysis, so make sure you're following me @JeneBramel and checking my timeline on Twitter throughout the week.
A.J. Green | Right foot injury | Week-to-Week | Doubtful Week 10
Green minimized his injury in the locker room last week but reports have gotten progressively worse over the past seven days. Green was seen in a walking boot early in the week, but local writers were still reporting Green's injury as minor and the immobilization as precautionary. Sunday morning, Adam Schefter tweeted Green will visit Dr. Robert Anderson this week for further evaluation of a foot injury and all options -- from rehab to surgery -- remain on the table. Schefter reported Green is "expected to miss some games."
While Schefter wasn't specific about Green's diagnosis, an injury that initially looks like turf toe but later shows more swelling than expected, requires prolonged immobilization, and necessitates a visit with sports medicine's pre-eminent foot and ankle surgeon likely involves a ligament tear behind the big toe joint, a region called the plantar plate. These ligament tears aren't in the Lisfranc family but are often unstable enough to require surgery. Sean Lee needed surgery for this type of injury in 2012. DeMarco Murray was able to finish his 2017 season with a lower grade injury.
With the Bengals competing for a divisional title and playoff berth, Green will likely push for rehab. Surgery would be season-ending. If Green's injury can be rehabbed, he's likely to miss at least four weeks while the ligament tear heals.
Monday Update: According to Adam Schefter, Green will not require surgery and will rehab for another 1-2 weeks. He'll then be re-evaluated to determine whether he can begin football-related activity and prepare to play. Marvin Lewis wouldn't provide a timetable for Green's return. Expect to hear the team refer to Green as week-to-week for the foreseeable future but it's unlikely Green returns before Week 12 and that's likely overly optimistic.
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