| Wide Receiver, Cincinnati Bengals
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|Draft: 2011 Round 1 (4)
Ht: 6’4” Wt: 207 DOB: 1988-07-31 Age: 26
|What more could you expect? Despite not having an offseason, Green stepped into the Bengals starting lineup and with a rookie quarterback, put together a Pro Bowl quality season with 65 receptions for 1,057 yards and seven touchdowns in 15 games. His first year numbers topped those put up by Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald as Green became the first rookie wide receiver to make the Pro Bowl since Anquan Boldin in 2003. More is expected of Green in 2012 and it will qualify as a major surprise if he does not deliver. Andy Dalton struggled at quarterback over the Bengals final five games but both he and Green will benefit from having their rookie seasons under their belts as well as their first full offseason to work together. Look for the pair to improve on their 56.5% completion percentage and for Green to continue his ascension on his way to becoming one of the league’s elite receivers. He has the size, speed, leaping and athletic ability to be mentioned alongside Johnson and Fitzgerald as one of the league’s top wide receivers and that should happen no later than the 2013 season. In fact, it won’t be a surprise if he is at that level by the end of this season.
| HC: "A.J. Green has made tremendous progress" -- Mon Oct 20 6:20 pm --|
Toe injury has sidelined WR last two games
|Marvin Lewis says he believes A.J. Green has made tremendous progress. He looks forward to seeing how he progresses this week. (Coley Harvey on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: It is not a safe bet for Green to return for Week 8, so owners should be prepared to be without his services again. However, it is possible the Bengals - coming off a shutout loss to the Colts on Sunday - may feel a bit of urgency to get Green back on the field in order to play against Baltimore. At best, he is probably shaping up to be a game-time decision.
| A.J. Green has "a little bit more than turf toe" -- Thu Oct 9 5:25 pm --|
WR almost certainly out Week 6, if not beyond
|A.J. Green’s Pro Bowl toe is now in the hands of a blue-ribbon panel of doctors and while Bengaldom holds its collective breath.
Wednesday’s MRI is going to send him to another consultation with one of the nation’s leading foot specialists when he meets with Cincinnati doctor James Amis on Thursday. It’s believed the MRI again showed no tears or breaks, but he’s obviously still having discomfort in the ligament under the sesamoid bone in the ball of the foot underneath the big toe. (Bengals.com)|
FF Today's Take: HC Marvin Lewis told former NFL player Ross Tucker on his podcast that Green has "a little bit more than (turf toe)". Turf toe is a difficult enough condition to play through, so an injury more serious than that could be damning for Green's 2014 prospects. In the short term, Mohamed Sanu should be the clear top option among Bengals' receivers, especially since Marvin Jones is not close to returning. Dane Sanzenbacher is also worth considering in PPR leagues as well.
| A.J. Green leaves practice on cart -- Wed Oct 8 2:05 pm --|
Aggravated his toe injury
|A.J. Green appeared to aggravate the toe injury that kept him out against the Falcons.
During the stretching period of practice open to the media, Green appeared injured and visibly upset. He threw off his helmet and shoe in disgust and was eventually taken off on a cart. He was able to walk, but with a limp.
FF Today's Take: We'll have to wait for further information but it appears Green aggravated his toe injury. Marvin Jones (ankle) also missed practice today and doesn't appear close to playing. Mohamed Sanu and Dane Sanzenbacher would likely be the starting receivers if both Green and Jones are out.
| A.J. Green expects to play Sunday -- Fri Sep 19 10:25 am --|
No soreness in foot
|A.J. Green told the Bengals' official team website he "feels good" and plans to play Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.
Green strained a ligament in his foot last weekend, forcing him out most of the contest. He missed practice Wednesday and caught a few passes Thursday, but was limited in practice.
Friday morning the receiver said he has "no soreness" and if he feels similarly Sunday, he'll play.
FF Today's Take: The Bengals have a bye in Week 4 and could easily hold him out giving him extra rest for Week 5 but it appears Green will be on the field this week against Tennessee. Owners should temper their expectations given the risk of aggravating the injury, plus the Bengals are likely to incorporate a run-heavy gameplan.
| A.J. Green likely out until Week 5 -- Mon Sep 15 4:35 pm --|
|Although the Cincinnati Bengals' victory over the Atlanta Falcons was a pyrrhic one, the early signs on A.J. Green's toe injury are positive.
If Green can't go against the Tennessee Titans this week, the Bengals' official website expects him to be ready after the Week 4 bye for the Oct. 5 game in New England.
Green's ligament strain knocked him out of Sunday's bout on the opening series, but did not require crutches after the game. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: The Bengals' Week 4 bye couldn't come at a better time for Green, who was held without a catch for the first time in his career after playing only six snaps in Week 2. Expect Cincinnati to focus even more on its running game against the Titans and look for Mohamed Sanu to remain Andy Dalton's primary target again.
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