| 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.
| A.J. Green doubtful, Gresham questionable -- Fri Jan 2 2:35 pm --|
Missed practice Friday
|The chances A.J. Green plays in this weekend's Wild Card game against Indianapolis took a hit Friday. And now the Bengals wait with hope giving way to reality.
He was listed as doubtful on the official injury report.Green suffered a concussion after being stripped of the football Sunday against Pittsburgh. He did not practice Wednesday, practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, was held completely out of practice this Friday.
FF Today's Take: Bad news for the Benalgs as they will be without their best wide receiver. Mohamed Sanu will attempt to fill the void but expect Cincinnati to attempt a run-heavy gameplan with Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard. TE Jermaine Gresham (back) did practice Friday and is listed as questionable. He will be a gametime decision.
| A.J. Green limited in practice on Thursday -- Thu Jan 1 4:25 pm --|
Suffered concussion in Week 17
|The status of A.J. Green for Sunday's playoff game remains in question. He's officially still in the league's concussion protocol, which means he cannot return to practice or speak with the media. Green suffered a concussion in Sunday's loss against Pittsburgh and this was his first opportunity to return to the practice field.
For Bengals fans, that means they wait and see. HC Marvin Lewis will have to wait as well. "I don't know," he said when asked whether or not Green would play this weekend. "You'll see on Sunday."
FF Today's Take: Green must have passed a baseline concussion test with team doctors since he participated in warmups and installation on Thursday. He has two days to be cleared by an independent neurologist, but he's a longshot to be overly productive considering the concussion, the matchup (he should run at least half of his snaps in the coverage of top Colts CB Vontae Davis) and the fact that he could once again be a victim of an infamous Andy Dalton playoff meltdown.
| A.J. Green limited on Thursday -- Thu Dec 25 7:35 pm --|
Right arm bruise
|Also at Bengals Christmas practice, A.J. Green (arm) was limited. (Geoff Hobson on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Green was held catchless in the Bengals' Week 16 win over Denver in large part because he was hurt on the same play that Broncos CB Aqib Talib returned an interception for a touchdown on the team's second drive of the game. A limited practice on Thursday is better than a DNP, but considering how much pain he appeared to be in on Monday night, his owners need to exercise caution and wait for something more definitive before counting on him against Pittsburgh in Week 17.
| A.J. Green injures arm in win over Denver -- Tue Dec 23 9:25 am --|
Bengals WR expects to play versus Steelers
|Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green suffered an injury to his upper right arm in the first quarter of Monday night's game against the Denver Broncos, and while he tried to play through it he left the game for good late in the third quarter. He said he expects to play this coming Sunday in Pittsburgh.
The injury occurred when Green jumped to try to catch a high throw from quarterback Andy Dalton on the first play of the Bengals' second drive of the game and was hit in the upper right arm by the helmet of Broncos safety T.J. Ward. The pass ricocheted off Green's hand and was intercepted by Aqib Talib, who returned it 33 yards for a touchdown.
Green didn't play in the Bengals' next offensive series, which actually lasted only one play – Jeremy Hill's 85-yard touchdown run – and played off and on the rest of the half, but was seen constantly dangling the arm at his side and was in obvious pain.
He went into the locker room for X-rays that turned out to be negative and tried to play in the second half, but he said the pain just got to be too much. (Cincinnati Inquirer)|
FF Today's Take: Green looked to be in a lot of pain Monday night, but we fully expect him to suit up in a game where the Bengals could help themselves clinch a first-round bye.
| A.J. Green expected to play -- Sun Nov 2 8:12 am --|
No setbacks in practice
|Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green, who has missed the past three games with a toe injury, will play Sunday against the Jaguars, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Green has missed the last three games with a toe injury and was limited in practice all week but suffered no setbacks and is ready to go for Week 9. He's a WR1 whenever he's in the lineup.
|Green likely in, Bernard possibly out in Week 9 -- Thu Oct 30 4:50 pm --|
WR healing from toe injury; Bernard dealing with hip injury
|The Bengals look like they have a good chance of getting WR A.J. Green back in the lineup for Sunday’s game against the Jaguars as Green participated in practice again on Thursday.
However, RB Giovani Bernard missed a second straight day of practice on Thursday because of the hip injury he suffered against Baltimore last weekend. Geoff Hobson of the team’s website reported Bernard’s absence and added that “you have to figure he’s going to be out” when the Bengals take the field against the Jaguars. (Pro Football Talk)|
FF Today's Take: If Bernard is out, Jeremy Hill would be in line for low-end RB1/high-end RB2 production, even against an improving Jaguars' defense. Cedric Peerman and Rex Burkhead would be other backfield options. Green's return would be a boost to the fantasy stock of QB Andy Dalton, while Mohamed Sanu's consistency figures to suffer with the Bengals' top playmaker back in the lineup.
| A.J. Green back at practice -- Wed Oct 29 1:00 pm --|
|Wide receiver A.J. Green practiced on Wednesday for the first time since re-aggravating a right big toe injury exactly three weeks ago, and said prior to practice starting that he is hoping to play on Sunday against Jacksonville. (Cincinnati Enquirer)|
FF Today's Take: Green will need to make it through practice this week without any setbacks in order to play. "If I'm playing, I'm playing all snaps," said Green. More updates to come throughout the week.
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