Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) expects to return vs. Jaguars next week
Green injured his toe during Cincinnati's Week 2 win over the Atlanta Falcons, leaving the game before recording a catch, and re-aggravated the injury in practice before the Week 6 game against the Carolina Panthers. He has missed the team's last three games.
"I'll practice this week and see how it goes, but I think I'll be fine," said Green. "I was at 40 percent last week and I feel about 80 percent today. I haven't had any soreness after I've worked out."
When pressed and asked specifically if he expects to play against Jacksonville, Green said, "Yes."
In four games this season, Green has 17 catches for 314 yards and two touchdowns. Cincinnati has gone 3-1 with Green playing this season.
After finishing No. 6 in points and No. 10 in yards last season, the Bengals have slipped to No. 17 and No. 16, respectively
In addition to Green's injury, Marvin Jones, the team's No. 2 receiver, went out for the season before playing a game, first breaking his foot in the preseason and then injuring his ankle in practice before the team's Week 5 game against the New England Patriots. Tight end Tyler Eifert dislocated his elbow in the season opener and is on injured reserve/designated for return until at least Nov. 16, when Cincinnati plays the New Orleans Saints.
Third-year receiver Mohamed Sanu leads the team with 35 catches for 533 yards and three touchdowns.
The Bengals are 4-2-1 and in first place in the AFC North after defeating the Baltimore Ravens 27-24 on Sunday. They host the Jaguars Sunday at 1 p.m.
- Paul Palladino