A.J. Green injury update: Bengals receiver returns to running routes after toe surgery

A.J. Green injury update: Bengals receiver returns to running routes after toe surgery

A.J. Green is on the mend after undergoing surgery in December to repair torn ligaments in his toe.

“It’s doing great,” Green told Omnisport as part of a Rockin’ Protein campaign earlier this week. “I’m back running routes, these past two weeks I’ve been running routes every day, so it feels good.

“Almost back to normal so I’ll be ready for training camp.”

Green missed two games in the middle of the season and then the final five weeks after being shut down with his injury.

The 30-year-old wide receiver is starting to get back to where he was in the middle of last year when he tallied two 100-yard receiving performances over the span of three weeks.

“I like to cut and I cut hard,” he said. “But the biggest thing for a toe is to get it rest and getting that mobility back, that’s the big thing for me.”

In Green’s absence during the 2018 season, the Bengals struggled, going 1-3 after he was placed on injured reserve and they failed to score more than 21 points in any of their final four games.

But a silver lining did come out of those final four games for the Bengals. In that time second-year running back Joe Mixon rushed for 100-plus yards in three of those four games while scoring three touchdowns.

Those performances helped Mixon finish fourth in the NFL with 1,168 yards on the ground. Cincinnati had not had a 1,000-yard rusher since Jeremy Hill rushed for 1,124 yards in 2014. Mixon’s 1,168 yards were the most by a Bengals running back since Cedric Benson rushed for 1,251 in 2009.

With Mixon now in the mix, Green is optimistic about the team’s offense going into the 2019 season.

“I think we have a great, young, talented roster,” Green said. “And with Joe emerging to be one of the best backs in football and then T.B. (Tyler Boyd), the season he had last year and then to have him coming back and Andy’s (Dalton) coming back, and the way the offensive line, adding some more pieces to the offensive line man, I think the sky is the limit for this offense.”