The Bengals will be without an important offensive weapon for all of training camp and possibly into the regular season.
Wide receiver A.J. Green was carted off the field Saturday with an apparent ankle injury.
While initial reports from NFL media said he suffered a sprained ankle, the most recent report from ESPN on Sunday revealed he has torn ligaments in his left ankle and will likely be missing in action for six to eight weeks.
An MRI revealed that Bengals’ WR A.J. Green has torn ligaments in his left ankle that is likely to sideline him six to eight weeks, source tells ESPN. Green is not expected to be ready for the regular-season opener at Seattle.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 28, 2019
The seven-time Pro Bowl player is a staple in Cincinnati’s offense and is poised to be crucial to the team’s success in 2019-20 once he’s healthy, considering the Bengals hired a new head coach in Zac Taylor and a new offensive coordinator in Brian Callahan during the offseason.
Green is entering his ninth year in the NFL, all of which have been spent with the Bengals, but he has been prone to injury as of late.
In December, he had surgery to repair torn ligaments in his toe. It caused him to miss the final five weeks of last season, but since then, Green has said he is doing great.
However, it’s now unlikely he’ll be ready for the Bengals’ regular-season opener against the Seahawks on September 8.