A.J. Green left Cincinnati’s showdown with Atlanta with what was incorrectly diagnosed as turf toe at first. Testing was done and fortunately for Green owners, the tests came back negative for broken bones and eventually Green was diagnosed with a ligament strain.
Head coach Marvin Lewis stated that the injury “is not a long-term injury”, however, this strain has left A.J.’s status for Sunday’s week three matchup with the Tennessee Titans as a question mark. It is worth noting that the injury first came about in Week 1 and Green aggravated it further in Week 2 against the Falcons when he exited the game. The 3-time Pro Bowl wideout sat out of practice Wednesday, doing little to help clear the question marks surrounding his status for this week. After practice on Wednesday Green said that it is feeling better, day by day, but he “doesn’t know at this point.”
Head coach Marvin Lewis has been a little more optimistic about the Cincinnati All Pro wide receiver, saying that he does expect Green to be playing on Sunday when the Bengals face off against the 1-1 Tennessee Titans. Green will test the toe out in practice on Thursday so we should know more about his Week 3 status by day’s end.
IF Green does not play this week, Mohamed Sanu will assume the role of starting receiver for the Bengals and should be the waiver wire pick up. In Sunday’s game, Sanu made 3 catches for 84 yards, including a 76 yard touchdown strike. He also added a 50 yard pass on a trick play, exemplifying his athleticism. Sanu will be a WR3 with WR2 upside this week if Green doesn’t play, regardless of league format.