There is one player on the Cincinnati Bengals roster they can ill-afford to lose for any significant amount of time. Wide receiver A.J. Green is coming off of a record-breaking, All-Pro season, and assuming he improves his level play in just his third year in the NFL, he could become the best receiver in the game.
That is, as long as he can remain healthy. Green was down in practice today for a couple minutes after falling awkwardly while going after a deep ball in a passing drill. After a few minutes, he got up and left the field while limping a little, but didn’t appear to be in pain.
The Cincinnati Enquirer’s Jeff Swinger got the whole thing on camera:
— Jeff Swinger (@swingmancinci) July 25, 2013
Head coach Marvin Lewis later said Green would be fine:
I think he’s fine. They went inside just to take a look, but I think he’s fine. It is one way for me to get him out of practice. I’d rather pull him out than see him go through a dramatic fall.
Artrell Hawkins is now reporting the MRI has already been done:
AJ Green says MRI showed no structural damage to his left knee.
— Artrell Hawkins Jr. (@artrellhawkins) July 25, 2013
Don’t expect Green to practice tomorrow, and given the Bengals’ reluctance to give injury timetables, there’s no telling when he’ll be back on the field, but there’s no reason to think he’ll miss any part of the regular season.