After A.J. Green injured his knee during the first practice of Bengals training camp, the team was thankful to learn it was just a bone bruise, and not a torn ACL, like Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin suffered, or a fractured hip, similar to the one Ravens TE Dennis Pitta suffered.
Green later confirmed the injury wasn’t sever, and he should be back on the practice field within a week.
He wasn’t as optimistic today. According to Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com, Green doesn’t know when he’ll be back, nor does he know when he will test his knee to determine a return date:
“We don’t know yet,” Green said Sunday. “We’re not going to rush it. We have time, so we’re going to play it by ear. But it’s feeling much better now.”
“I’m not going to test it out no time soon,” Green said. “We’re just going to wait it out. The swelling is down, so it’s all good.”
Is there a chance Green could sit out the preseason opener in Atlanta in 11 days?
“I don’t know,” Green said. “We’ll see.”
While Green may miss the preseason opener vs. the Atlanta Falcons, a Monday Night Football affair in eight days, the big stage and bright lights will be the first NFL game of any kind for rookie defensive end Margus Hunt. The 26-year-old native of Estonia made his way to the Bengals by way of the NFL Draft in the second-round after a standout career at SMU, where he earned first-team All-Conference USA honors last year after finishing with eight sacks, two forced fumbles, and one interception.
But despite playing and thriving in the game of football, he has yet to attend an NFL game:
No. I’ve been here for five years and never really had an opportunity to go to a game so I’m excited to take part in one.