A.J. Green to Return from Injury vs. Broncos, Talks Chemistry with Jeff Driskel

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistNovember 28, 2018

CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 07:  A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs to the line of scrimmage during the game against the Miami Dolphins at Paul Brown Stadium on October 7, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals defeated the Dolphins 27-17.  (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
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Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green said Wednesday that he expects to return for Sunday's Week 13 clash with the Denver Broncos after missing the past three games with a toe injury. 

Fletcher Page of the Cincinnati Enquirer provided the update from Green and passed along the wideout's comments about developing chemistry with quarterback Jeff Driskel after Andy Dalton landed on injured reserve with a season-ending thumb injury.

"Just put the ball somewhere; I'll get it," he said.

Green recorded 45 catches for 687 yards and six touchdowns in eight games before the absence.

The Bengals lost all three games while the 30-year-old University of Georgia product was sidelined and scored no more than 21 points against the New Orleans Saints, Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns.

His return couldn't come at a better time as Cincinnati attempts to recalibrate its offense with Driskel under center. Having a true No. 1 receiver like Green makes the process much easier.

The team's new starting QB told reporters there probably won't be a massive change to the Bengals offense aside from trying to play to his preferences:

"A lot of times it's pretty similar. It's kind of based on how things have worked throughout the course of the week. There are definitely some things that are different, and that's just something that's going to be taken into consideration. Coach [Bill] Lazor knows what plays Andy doesn't like and what plays I don't like as well. That's just give and take and part of the process of picking plays."

Driskel, Green and Co. should have an opportunity to make some noise against a Broncos pass defense that ranks 24th in yards allowed per game.

A win Sunday to snap the three-game losing skid would also help keep the Bengals firmly in the playoff conversation after they watched their record drop to 5-6.