AFC North Blog
Whether Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green plays this weekend is still unknown -- he specifically said Tuesday that he "hopes" to play, but "it's still up in the air." If he is given the green light after missing the past two games due to a stubborn toe injury, fantasy owners should know that they won't be getting a fully healthy Green for this week and perhaps for the rest of the season.
"It's probably not gonna be 100 percent, but I hope it's just manageable," Green said on NFL Network's "NFL AM." "I can get through the season and be fine and still play at a high level."
The Bengals host the Ravens this weekend.
It's Week 7 -- the halfway point of the fantasy regular season for most leagues. Is your team living up to expectations? Have you been plagued by injuries and underperforming players? Either way, remember that seven weeks still remain until the fantasy playoffs. A lot will change between now and then. Your fate is far from sealed.
As usual, we'll be here all morning long giving you the latest info on the injured stars in today's early games. Names we're watching include Jimmy Graham, Kelvin Benjamin and Jake Locker along with many more. Keep refreshing this post from 11:30 a.m. Eastern until the early kickoffs.
Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said on Friday that there is not a set timetable for the return of all-pro wide receiver A.J. Green. Green missed most of the Bengals game in Week 2 with the injury before returning to play in Week 3 and again in Week 5 after the team's bye. However, after suffering a setback, Green missed the team's Week 6 game with Carolina, which ended in a 37-37 tie.
The Bengals placed wide receiver Marvin Jones on injured reserve Tuesday, ending his season before he even played a down.
The 24-year-old Jones had a bunch of bad injury luck this year that prevented him from playing in any game, exhibition or otherwise. He suffered an ankle injury prior to training camp which kept him out of action until early August. Then he broke his foot soon he was activated to join the team in camp practices. That injury required surgery, and just as he was ready to return for Cincinnati's Week 5 game at New England, Jones reportedly "tweaked" his ankle during the first practice of the week.
That tweak will probably require surgery and turns out to be a major reason why Jones won't play in 2014. In a corresponding move, the Bengals signed former Browns wide receiver Greg Little.
Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green doesn't expect to play next Sunday against Indianapolis, but head coach Marvin Lewis isn't quite ready to rule out his No. 1 wideout. He said Monday that Green has "a shot" to be active against the Colts. Green was inactive yesterday after aggravating a lingering toe injury earlier in the week.
We got a bit of a respite in Week 5, but the injuries returned with a vengeance in Week 6. Reggie Bush, Calvin Johnson, A.J. Green, Tom Brady, Vincent Jackson, Fred Jackson, Eric Decker -- that's just a sampling of the names we're tracking this morning. That doesn't even include the players who have already been ruled out (more on those guys below). So, this is going to be a pretty long post. Keep refreshing as we bring you the latest on the early games' injured stars once inactives reports are released at about 11:30 a.m. Eastern.
In the hours and days after wide receiver A.J. Green re-aggravated his toe injury on Wednesday, it was reported that the issue could cost him multiple games. It looks like that timetable will bear out for the Bengal.
Green, who was inactive today, told ESPN's Bob Holtzman on Sunday afternoon that he doesn't expect to play in Week 7 against the Colts. He also said he won't require surgery but will know more after a doctor visit Friday.
Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones was downgraded to OUT on Saturday. The third-year player who scored 10 touchdowns last year hasn't played all season due to a previously broken foot and a current ankle injury.
This follows Friday's designation of questionable for A.J. Green. He re-aggravated a toe injury during practice Wednesday and is considered week-to-week.
There are so many injuries to players that fantasy owners need to track throughout this practice week. However, the most impactful injury of the week might be the one that occurred during Bengals practice on Wednesday. Wide receiver A.J. Green had to be carted off the field after aggravating the problem in his right big toe. Geoff Hobson, editor of the team's official website wrote Wednesday night that the injury could sideline Green for "multiple games." But, Hobson added that "anything is on the table pending what [the Bengals] prescribe for treatment, ranging to more treatments while playing, to shutting [Green] down for a few weeks, or maybe longer."
Green has dealt with an issue regarding the ligament that sits underneath a bone in his right big toe since the preseason. It flared up early in Week 2 against the Falcons, but Green was able to return the following week and gain more than 100 yards against the Titans. He is scheduled to meet with a couple of foot specialists on Thursday. Hobson wrote that "it is believed" Green's MRI from Wednesday showed no breaks or tears.