A.J. Green News and Updates
Green rehab progressing to running on zero gravity treadmill
Damion Willis gets a new number after making Bengals roster
And he's taking a new number with him.
Willis rocked the No. 9 during summer camp and preseason play, where he put on a show for a new coaching staff and won not just a roster spot, but a starting gig.
Looking at the team's roster, Willis will now wear No. 15.
Talk about full circle. That's the number John Ross wore to start his Bengals career before making the switch to No. 11 this offseason. Ross did that for personal reasons
Bengals announce first 53-man roster of Zac Taylor era
There were some surprises, like the release of offensive guard John Jerry and the retention of undrafted rookie Jake Dolegala as the third quarterback.
All of the cuts, injured reserve and PUP moves can be seen at our tracker:
QB (3): Andy Dalton, Ryan Finley, Jake Dolegala
RB (3): Giovani Bernard, Joe Mixon, Trayveon Williams
WR (7): A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd, Alex Erickson, John Ross III, Josh Malone, Auden Tate, Damion Willi
Projected Week 1 starting lineup for the Cincinnati Bengals
The starters won't play in the preseason's fourth week, yet the new staff has announced some of the lineup adjustments. Here's a projected starting (base) lineup for the Bengals in Week 1, making sure to weave in what the staff has said and injuries to guys like A.J. Green and Darqueze Dennard
Bengals players you should draft to your fantasy football team
Those Bengals are a mystery for plenty of reasons. It starts at the top with a new head coach, which means new usage for new and old players. Injuries to guys like A.J. Green and John Ross don't help, either.
Let's cut through the noise a bit and tag a few players fantasy owners should be taking from the Bengals
What's next for Billy Price after losing his starting job?
In the past, Price's status alone might have kept him in a starting slot no matter what unfolded over the summer months. But the future is now under the supervision of new head coach Zac Taylor. An undrafted wideout by the name of Damion Willis is starting for A.J. Green in Week 1, not a carryover like Josh Malone. Price will watch from the sidelines while Trey Hopkins starts at center and rookie Michael Jordan at left guard
A.J. Green was still in a boot and using a scooter at Sunday's practice
This much was quietly confirmed when coach Zac Taylor revealed undrafted wideout Damion Willis will start in Green's place (he also announced Michael Jordan and Trey Hopkins won starting gigs, benching Billy Price).
But a first-hand account of Sunday's practice ahead of another Thursday preseason game illustrated the underlying point about Green.
From ESPN's Ben Baby: "A.J. Green was briefly in the locker room today. Still had a boot on his left foot and using the push scooter. Didn't have an update on his potential return, either.
A couple changes tonight that feel like a signal of significance come cutdown day for #Bengals
Starting for A.J. Green is Damion Willis.
Starting for John Ross is Auden Tate.
From my seat, Willis and Tate are your leaders in the clubhouse in the WR roster battle.
What Bengals must do to climb out of repeated power rankings cellar
At ESPN, they slot 28th. At NFL.com, 30th. And at Bleacher Report, 32nd.
It's easy to say "just win games" is how this narrative about the team changes. But it's never so simple, so here are a few more ways to change it.
Get Healthy: A.J. Green is out, perhaps into the regular season. John Ross sounds primed to miss the entirety of the preseason. First-round pick Jonah Williams is likely lost for the year. Second-round pick Drew Sample might be back for the opener. Darqueze Dennard is still missing and a PUP candidate. Starting left tackle Cordy Glenn has a concussion. Rookie back Trayveon Williams is out. Potential starting center Billy Price is dealing with plantar fasciitis. Until the injury list gets cleaned up, the power rankings might not change much
Bengals trade candidates at preseason's halfway point
Which means it could be trade time.
If the Bengals want to upgrade problematic areas like offensive line, they could look to move the following players:
Josh Malone: The younger wideout has been mostly invisible this preseason while undrafted players like Damion Willis and Stanley Morgan shine. He struggled to step up last year with A.J. Green down. If the Bengals make a point to "showcase" him over the final two games, you know why
A.J. Green to miss regular season games
Speaking Tuesday, Bengals coach Zac Taylor said A.J. Green (ankle surgery) will miss regular season games.
The team is hopeful it's just "a few" games, but this seriously changes the calculus around Green's average draft position. He sounds all but certain to miss at least two games, with more a distinct possibility. Turning 31 on Wednesday, Green missed seven games last season and six in 2016. John Ross is also on the shelf, leaving Tyler Boyd as the Bengals' only healthy experienced wideout.
Bengals think Green will be out four weeks
Bengals.com Geoff Hobson writes the team is thinking that A.J. Green will be out four weeks.
Green underwent an MRI this morning on his "low" ankle sprain, and the team is hoping there was no further damage "with the thinking he'd miss four weeks." That's not a firm timetable, but it does line up with the typical recovery time of a non-severe ankle sprain. Green should be ready for Week 1 and could even see preseason work. In early fantasy drafts, Green is being selected as a WR1/2.
Leaves practice with injury
Green sustained an apparent left ankle sprain Saturday and was carted off the practice field, Tyler Dragon of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Green suffered the injury while running a routine go route, according to Tyler Dragon. The severity of Green's issue remains undisclosed, but if the premiere wideout were to miss any time it would be a huge blow to Cincinnati's offense. Green was limited to nine games in 2018 due to a right toe injury.