A.J. Green Injury: Updates on Cincinnati Bengals Wide Receiver's Knee
Lewis said: "I think he's fine. They went inside just so they can take a look, but I think he's fine...He just twisted himself, one of A.J.'s contortions."
UPDATE: Thursday, Aug. 22
From the Cincinnati Bengals:
"At some point you will see A.J. Green (this Saturday). ... It will be good to at least play a little bit." --Coach Lewis— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) August 22, 2013
UPDATE: Wednesday, Aug. 21
Joe Danneman of FOX 19 in Cincinnati has some good news regarding Green's return to the Bengals starting lineup:
Marvin Lewis says AJ Green "is good to go" and will play Saturday at Dallas.— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) August 21, 2013
UPDATE: Thursday, Aug. 15
From Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer:
Green on if he will play Saturday: "I don't know. Probably not."— Joe Reedy (@joereedy) August 15, 2013
UPDATE: Thursday, Aug. 15
From Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson:
AJ and Whit back. Team working in helmets and shorts at 62 degrees— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) August 15, 2013
UPDATE: Wednesday, Aug. 14
Paul Dehner Jr of the Cincinnati Enquirer spoke with Green after today's practice:
A.J. Green on partial return to practice: "I am back to 100 percent. It's all pretty precautionary right now." #Bengals— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) August 14, 2013
More A.J. Green: "I have been away from the team for a long time so it's just good to be back out here with the team and the guys."— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) August 14, 2013
A.J. Green on possibly playing in preseason: "I want to play. Just a matter of which one. So, we will see what the coaches say."— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) August 14, 2013
UPDATE: Tuesday, Aug. 13
Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson has the latest on Green's recovery:
Wide receiver A.J. Green looks like he may give it a go on Wednesday after Tuesday's day off, which would be 19 days after he bruised his knee on the second day of camp. But still don't look for him in Saturday's 7 p.m. game against the Titans at PBS.
UPDATE: Monday, Aug. 12
Bengals.com has the latest on Green's recovery:
Don't be surprised if wide receiver A.J. Green returns for some work Wednesday for the first time since he bruised his knee on the second day of camp, July 26. But he and left tackle Andrew Whitworth (knee) didn't work again Sunday night.
UPDATE: Friday, Aug. 2, by Ian Hanford
From NFL.com reporter Marc Sessler:
UPDATE: Friday, Aug. 2, by Sam Westmoreland
Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer has the latest on Green's status:
A.J. Green (knee) hasn’t practiced since the first day of camp and won’t be rushed back into action by the team. All signs point to him sitting out the first preseason game.
UPDATE: Friday, July 26, by Sam Westmoreland
Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer has the latest news on Green's status and injury:
Green says injury not as bad as one vs Pitt in 2011. Everything on MRI was fine #bengals— Joe Reedy (@joereedy) July 26, 2013
Green says no timetable on return. When he had the hyperextended knee in '11 he missed 10 days. #bengals— Joe Reedy (@joereedy) July 26, 2013
Green on injury: "A little off balance, just an awkward landing. Good the injury happened now, get time to rest." #bengals— Joe Reedy (@joereedy) July 26, 2013
According to ESPN, Green planted his left foot and then twisted his knee after stretching for a ball. He landed hard, clutching his knee and holding his helmet in pain.
Fox Sports radio's Artrell Hawkins Jr. passes along this info from Green's MRI:
AJ Green says MRI showed no structural damage to his left knee.— Artrell Hawkins Jr. (@artrellhawkins) July 25, 2013
The Bengals certainly have a lot at stake. Their No. 1 receiver has has posted consecutive 1,000-yard seasons in his first two NFL campaigns. Last season alone, he racked up 97 catches for 1,350 yards and 11 touchdowns. He ranked fourth in the AFC in catches, fifth in receiving yards and tied for second in touchdown catches.
The 25-year-old also tied for sixth in the conference in catches of 20 yards or more, and he ranked eighth in yards after the catch.
To put it simply, Green is one of the best receivers in the NFL. It would be a huge blow if the Bengals were to lose him for an extended period of time. Tight end Jermaine Gresham was second on the team with 64 catches for 737 yards and five touchdowns last season.
The Bengals went 10-6 last season as quarterback Andy Dalton and Green connected with regularity. They fell in the wild-card round to the Houston Texans 19-13, but Green still had 80 receiving yards in the loss.
While Green's knee injury doesn't appear to be significant, it's cause for concern with the season approaching.
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