A.J. Green’s recovery timeline may be longer than his team initially believed.
Bengals coach Zac Taylor on Tuesday confirmed there’s a “good chance” the veteran wide receiver will miss multiple early regular-season games after undergoing ankle surgery.
“I don’t like to make that projection because everybody heals a little bit differently, but we’re ready for him to come back when he feels healthy and ready to go,” Taylor told reporters. “Hopefully, it’s not more than a couple of games.”
Bengals head coach Zac Taylor confirms AJ Green had ankle surgery this morning. He says there’s a good chance AJ could miss at least 2 games. “Very hopeful that he’s back at the beginning of the season and it’s not more than a couple games.” @WLWT #Bengals pic.twitter.com/A14pBiqA1b
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Green underwent “a minor ankle procedure” earlier Tuesday after suffering a left ankle injury Saturday at practice. Though the team initially was hopeful he would still be healed by their Sept. 8 opener against the Seahawks, Taylor appeared to put that in question later in the day.
ESPN reported Green could be sidelined for six to eight weeks after sustaining torn ligaments in the ankle. If he’s out eight weeks, that would bite into the regular season.
He previously missed the final five weeks of last season after undergoing surgery to repair torn ligaments in his toe.
Green, who turns 31 Wednesday, is entering the final season of his four-year contract extension signed in 2015 and is set to earn roughly $12.2 million. However, he’s optimistic his comeback campaign in 2019 will help him secure a new deal next year.