July 28, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (left) stands next to wide receiver Cobi Hamilton (87) during training camp at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports
The Bengals got a huge boost on Wednesday with the return of A.J. green and Andrew Whitworth, but it’s unlikely either one of them will be playing during Saturday’s preseason game vs. the Tennessee Titans.
Green pronounced himself “back to 100 percent” health yesterday, but didn’t even participate in 1-on-1s and was held out of contact-drills. They both went through individual drills and walkthrough situations, but the Bengals will likely wait to debut them this preseason until next week’s game vs. the Dallas Cowboys. That’s the third preseason game, which is typically treated as the dress rehearsal for the regular-season opener.
As you can imagine, being the competitors they are, both players want to be on the field now, especially since today is the final day of training camp:
"“These things, I have no control over it. All I can do is work and continue to do that,” Whitworth said before practice. “While the guys were in Atlanta I was up here working out twice a day and doing everything I could. Just trying to get it to feel the way I want it to when I play in a season. That is the ultimate goal. I’ve played football; I know how to do that. I just want to get it physically where I know I can play each and every Sunday at the level I want it at.”"