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|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.
| A.J. Green will sit out today and Week 17 -- Sat Dec 24 9:15 am --|
Doctors won't clear Bengals WR
|Bengals docs won't let A.J. Green go today. (Jay Glazer on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Not only will Green miss tonight's game with the Texans but according to Adam Schefter, Green will miss the Week 17 game as well. He stated earlier in the week that he would play but it is a wise move to have Green inactive as the Bengals are out of the playoff race. Tyler Boyd is in play as a high-end WR2 with both Green and TE Tyler Eifert on the shelf in Week 16.
| Tyler Eifert ruled out, A.J. Green questionable -- Fri Dec 23 1:00 pm --|
Bengals will be without star TE
|In the wake of Friday’s star-studded injury report, the Bengals have no choice but to find out if the kids are OK with starting Will linebacker Vontaze Burfict and starting tight end Tyler Eifert ruled out for Saturday night’s game and wide receiver A.J. Green categorized as questionable despite having a full practice. (Bengals.com)|
FF Today's Take: C.J. Uzomah, who has missed the last five games with a calf injury will likely fill in for Eifert. A.J. Green is expected to play but check inactives tomorrow before inserting him into your lineup.
| A.J. Green says he's playing this week -- Thu Dec 22 11:55 am --|
Missed last four games with hamstring injury
|The Bengals don’t have anything to play for, but A.J. Green wants to play anyway.
Their star wide receiver told reporters today he was healthy enough to play this week, via Geoff Hobson of the team’s official website.
Green has missed the last four games because of a hamstring injury. (ProFootballTalk)|
FF Today's Take: Green will be difficult to trust during fantasy championship week given his layoff but he's got WR1 potential in a matchup against the Texans. Tyler Boyd and Brandon LaFell take a ding to their fantasy value.
| A.J. Green expects to practice Wednesday -- Mon Dec 12 6:30 pm --|
WR has missed three games with hamstring strain
|HC Marvin Lewis on A.J. Green's forecast for this week: "Partly sunny." Says Green expects to practice Wednesday. (Jim Owczarski on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: It opens the door to the possibility Green will play in Week 15 versus the Steelers, but a more likely probability is Week 16 since the Bengals have virtually nothing to play for. Assuming Green does sit out this week, Tyler Eifert figures to Andy Dalton's favorite target and an elite TE1 play, while Tyler Boyd and Brandon LaFell will be low-end WR3 at best.
| A.J. Green to miss Week 13 -- Thu Dec 1 11:45 am --|
|Sources close to A.J. Green tell me the Bengals wide receiver will miss his third straight game on Sunday. I'm told his hamstring is healing as expected, but that he won't be ready this week. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Green's absence from the lineup was anticipated. Tyler Boyd, Brandon LaFell and TE Tyler Eifert will be the top receiving options for Andy Dalton against the Eagles. RB Jeremy Hill saw a season-high six targets with Green out last week.