Report: AJ Green Underwent 'Minor' Ankle Surgery; Likely to Miss Multiple Games

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJuly 30, 2019

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green practices before an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)
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The Cincinnati Bengals are likely to be without A.J. Green when they open the regular season on Sept. 8 against the Seattle Seahawks

Originally the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday the seven-time Pro Bowler underwent a minor procedure to clean out his ankle injury and a return in Week 1 was possible. However, he followed that up later by writing based on what was found during the surgery, Green is now expected to miss "a few games." 

Green was injured Saturday, the first day of Bengals' training camp, when he attempted to make a leaping catch on a pass from Andy Dalton. He received medical attention on the sideline before being taken to the locker room on a cart. 

Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, Green's MRI revealed torn ligaments in his left ankle. 

Injuries have been piling up for Green dating back to 2014 when he missed three games due to a strained toe ligament. The 30-year-old missed six games during the 2016 season and the final seven games in 2018 due to torn ligaments in his toe that required surgery in December. 

With the Bengals forced to play without Green when the regular season begins, Tyler Boyd and John Ross will likely be their top two receivers. Boyd is coming off his first career 1,000-yard season. Ross, a first-round pick in 2017, has been a disappointment with 210 receiving yards in 16 career games. 

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Green is one of the most productive receivers in the NFL when healthy. He finished second on the team with 46 receptions, 694 yards and six touchdowns despite playing just nine games.