AJ Green’s Week 8 Status Still Uncertain

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 | 0

AJ Green

Cincinnati Bengals star wideout A.J. Green has been badly slowed by a toe injury suffered in the team’s Week 2 win over the Atlanta Falcons, and it’s showed in the their performance.

Coming off an embarrassing 27-0 shutout loss to the Indianapolis Colts in Week 7, it’s clear that the team needs their top target back in a big way. While head coach Marvin Lewis said that he’s made big strides in his recovery, Green appeared on today’s NFL AM (via NFL.com) to give an ambiguous assessment of his playing status for Week 8:

“It’s still up in the air. But it definitely feels better. We’ll see about this week. It’s probably not gonna be 100 percent, but I hope it’s just manageable. I can get through the season and be fine and still play at a high level. “

Green acknowledged that his toe will most likely never get back to full strength this season, and that will definitely affect his ability to make game-breaking plays. But his team has lost three straight games and is currently desperate for another target to take some of the heat off of quarterback Andy Dalton and the running game.

Backup receiver Mohamed Sanu has been serviceable in relief of Green, but he’s still a developing player. Few can match the production that a top star like Green brings to the table.

The team surged off to a 3-0 start with Green somewhat healthy, and many were starting to believe that they had finally begun to realize their massive potential. However, fast forward three games and they’re sitting at .500 with a ton of questions to answer.

They’ll have to play their best game when they face off with NFC-North leading division rival Baltimore in Week 8. Green reiterated that he wants nothing more than to get back on the field and help his team, but it’s by no means guaranteed that he’ll be able to:

“I hope so, man. It’s still up in the air, and we’ll see.”

The Bengals also hope that Green can return as soon as this week, because without him, they could find it difficult to make the playoffs as Baltimore and Pittsburgh pass them by.

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