AJ Green Spotted In Walking Boot, Highly Doubtful To Play In Week 6

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Friday, October 10th, 2014 | 0

AJ Green

The Cincinnati Bengals received some disappointing news earlier this week when star wide receiver A.J. Green was carted off the practice field after re-aggravating the toe injury that has been bothering him since the team’s Week 2 win over Atlanta.

Head coach Marvin Jones deemed the injury “a little bit more than turf toe,” and apparently Green is dealing with a lingering ligament issue in his toe that is making it hard for him to plant his foot when running routes.

He already missed most of one game, but he did immediately return to put up some decent numbers in Week 3 and even in Week 5 despite the Bengals’ blowout loss to the New England Patriots, their first of the season.

However, it appears that is going to be the end of Green pushing the injury, as ESPN’s Bob Holtzman reported Green was in a walking boot at today’s practice and is looking very doubtful for their Week 6 match-up against Carolina:

It’s a disheartening blow to the Bengals’ offense, which has already lost tight end Tyler Eifert and wide receiver Marvin Jones to injuries. Thankfully the team has been focused on running the ball more under new offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, but they’re going to have to throw it at some point.

When they do, developing receiver Mohammed Sanu will now become the focal point of their passing game with Green out. Sanu has put up some incredible plays as of late, including some pinpoint throws for big gains (he was a quarterback in college).

While he’s nowhere near the athlete and route runner that the elite Green is, he should fill in admirably against Carolina’s defense, which has taken a serious fall when compared to last year.

The Bengals are still 3-1, and they’re the odds-on favorites to win the AFC North division. They’ll need Green healthy down the stretch run and into the playoffs, so it’s clearly the best choice to rest him mid-season in order to have him back when it matters most.

Cincinnati will face Carolina at home this weekend, and with the Panthers’ offense struggling due to injuries to starting quarterback Cam Newton and several running backs, the stage is set for the Bengals to get back into the win column even without their star wideout.

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