Latest On Bengals’ A.J. Green

It could be a while before the Bengals get A.J. Green back on the field. The star wide receiver says he still has “a ways to go” before making his return, as Laurel Pfahler of the Dayton Daily News writes. 

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If I can go, I can go,” Green said. “If I can’t, I can’t. It’s no big thing. Like I said from Day 1, if I’m healthy enough to play then I’m going to play. Right now, I still have a ways to goThere’s no need to rush this thing. Like I said from Day 1, I’m gonna have to feel good to get back out there to where I can play at a high level to where I know I can. Just don’t want to rush it back like I did with my toe (last year).

Green has yet to play this year and the Bengals have yet to win a game. They’re 0-7 after Sunday’s 27-17 loss to the Jaguars and one can’t help but wonder if they’d at least be in the win column by now if Green was on the field – especially with an opportunity to exploit the Jaguars’ Jalen Ramsey-less defense.

There has been progress for Green, but also new setbacks. Green participated in individual drills ahead of the team’s Week 6 game, but was unable to practice before the Jags’ game. Between this ankle issue and last year’s toe injury, Green has missed eleven straight games.

Green is in his contract year, but the Bengals say he won’t be moved before Tuesday’s NFL trade deadline. Even if the Bengals did want to trade him for draft capital, it’s not clear what they could get for him, given his current condition.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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9 comments on “Latest On Bengals’ A.J. Green

  1. hoosierhysteria

    Avail-ability is the #1 ability….this dude won’t play hurt. Been holding him on my fantasy roster….will cut him after trading deadline. He must be jalen Ramsey cousin. Both are members of the dig-me tribe. I thought AJ was solid citizen…Cincinnati fans…what say you?

    • davidmp2

      I’m available, does that make me a first rate WR? As to the rest of your post, clearly don’t follow AJ Green or the Bengals closely. He is the exact opposite of the “dig-me tribe.” They rushed him back last year with his toe and he missed the ROS.

    • joeshmoe11

      If they were contending he’d probably try to rush back too soon but considering they’re not so good, and he’s in a contract year, he’s likely taking his time to be sure he’s 100%. He’s a completely solid dude, no outsized ego at all.

    • letmeclearmythroat74

      AJ is as straight up as they come. He is not anything like Ramsey. If he’s not playing there’s good reason. Really at this point , why play him , take the year off. If there’s no playoff shot then what’s the point. You know he will be good to go next year. AJ is one of the most selfless players I’ve seen in a long challenging 30 + years as a Bengal fan.

    • fieldsj2

      A.J. has played with injuries many times in his career. If he could play, he would be out there. He is not your typical diva WR and it’s an insult even comparing a legit injury to a crybaby wanting a trade. He could have forced his way out of Cincy years ago. If he would have, we would be talking about him as a future hall of famer. Andy Dalton has done nothing but hold him back. That’s why he’s hurt, Dalton under threw a ball in practice and Green was hurt trying to adjust to it.

  2. Tazza

    Bengals should trade him he’s coming off contract and you can save cap space and get a pick from him. Your going to have a top 3 pick this year if you keep losing. You’ll get a first or second for Green,

  3. Thronson5

    You’d think they’d just trade him. I don’t think he wants to be there and I for sure think he will leave in free agency so why not get something while you can? I think GB or SF sign this guy if he reaches free agency

    • fieldsj2

      He’s made it perfectly clear he wants to retire here. Try reading a few articles about him. If they traded him they would just screw the pick up anyway.I Hope he doesn’t play at all and gets healthy for next season. Absolutely no reason to rush him back.

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