Cincinnati Bengals’ A.J. Green Out 6-8 Weeks

Rob Mastriacovo | July 29th, 2019

On the first day of training camp for the Cincinnati Bengals, star receiver A.J. Green went down with an apparent left foot injury. Green had to be carted off the field, and while doing so, threw his mouthpiece in frustration. No one knows the body of an athlete more than the athlete themselves. The emotion displayed during an injury is an early sign that the severity is more than team officials initially believed. It was officially reported that Green will miss 6-8 weeks with torn ligaments in his left ankle. At the earliest, Green will be able to return in Week 2 of the regular season.

thebiglead.com

The 2019 NFL season is a significant one for the All-Pro receiver. Green is a 31-year old entering a contract season. The NFL is notorious for the low average of years a player participates in the league. Injuries are evident during every second of action. Green missed only four games in the first five seasons of his career. However, he has missed 13 games in the past three seasons. The years in the NFL are starting to take a toll on his body.

Multiple team officials and Bengals’ players are blaming the turf of the practice field for the injury to Green. As part of the NFL’s 100th anniversary celebration, the Bengals were practicing at Welcome Stadium, near the site of the first NFL game at Triangle Park in Dayton.

“The turf was terrible. I couldn’t run any routes out there. I’m falling all over the ground. It was bad. It was rocks, pebbles out there. Man, it was somewhere we shouldn’t have been playing,” said fellow receiver Tyler Boyd. “I’m not trying to make excuses, but it is what it is.”

With the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens losing key pieces of their team, the Bengals are in a division with no clear winner in sight. Yes, the Cleveland Browns have arguably the most talented roster in the league. But if those pieces don’t have chemistry together, then the Browns are in for a rude awakening. One would think the Bengals would be more protective of their veteran Pro Bowl players.

Even if the Bengals have no intentions of resigning Green, keeping him healthy and using him as trade bait is the next logical move. Teams nowadays are more reluctant to trade multiple draft picks, including first-round picks. Desperate teams who are serious contenders would trade multiple assets for the services of a consistent receiver. Last season was the first season in which Green did not have 1,000 yards receiving, likely due to injuries sidelining him for seven games.

Next Article
  • Aaron Rodgers And Uncertain Future With Packers

    After helplessly watching his team of 15 seasons draft a quarterback in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft instead of a wide receiver, quarterback Aaron Rodgers began to express doubt about his future with the Green Bay Packers. Rodgers has long expressed his desire to finish his career with the Packers, but that...

    Read More
  • Durant Won’t Return This Season

    According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant won’t return to the court this season, even if the NBA waits until mid-summer to resume play. Since his Achilles injury in the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors, Durant left the Golden State Warriors and joined the Nets with guard Kyrie Irving. The...

    Read More
  • Quincy Enunwa Out For 2020 Season

    The New York Jets wide receiver, Quincy Enunwa, will miss the entirety of the 2020-2021 NFL season after a neck injury he sustained in the 2019-2020 NFL season, which limited the young receiver to only one game. After his second season in the league, where he caught 58 passes for 857 yards and four touchdowns,...

    Read More
  • Frank Gore Signs With Jets

    The New York Jets are signing running back Frank Gore to a one-year contract for the 36-year-old running back to play in his 17th season. The signing allows for more depth for the Jets, who have Le’Veon Bell in the backfield and under contract. Surprisingly, the Jets didn’t move up in the draft to select...

    Read More
  • NFL Cancels International Games For 2020-2021 Season

    In the midst of the COVID-19 fears, the NFL has canceled all five scheduled international games ahead of the 2020-2021 season. With the NFL releasing the full 17-game regular-season schedule this week, it was previously announced that four games would be played in London and one in Mexico City. The Jacksonville Jaguars were set to...

    Read More
  • Bears Decline Option On Trubisky; Cowboys Sign Dalton

    After a lackluster third season in the NFL, the Chicago Bears have declined to pick up the fifth-year extension for 2021 on quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. In 2018, Trubisky’s second season in the league and one in which he was selected to the Pro Bowl, saw the Bears go 12-4 and lose in a devastating fashion...

    Read More
  • 2020-2021 NBA Season Postponements

    Due to the recent vanishing of sports because of COVID-19, the NBA is considering starting the 2020-2021 NBA season in December, with the playoffs potentially starting in mid-summer. As of right now, the current NBA format starts the season the week before Halloween, with the NBA Finals wrapping up around mid-June. That stretch of time...

    Read More
  • Bengals Release Andy Dalton

    After nine seasons of mediocrity, the Cincinnati Bengals release quarterback Andy Dalton just days after drafting the most recent Heisman winner: quarterback Joe Burrow. Dalton, 32, was the Bengals second-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft after being the all-time leader in wins at Texas Christian University. Dalton threw for 204 touchdowns with the Bengals,...

    Read More