Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green may not make his season debut on Sunday against the Ravens.
When asked on Thursday if he will play in the Week 10 matchup, Green told reporters, "probably not." Green, who is coming back from an ankle injury that he sustained in the first practice of the season, also said his ankle is swollen.
"I can't go out there when I'm not 100%," Green said, per The Athletic's Jay Morrison. "It makes so [sic] sense for me to put myself in that situation to where I can have another time hurting [it], just like I did my toe. It's all about making sure I'm taking care of myself first. Everything else comes after that."
He was expected to make his debut on Sunday but was listed as "day-to-day" after participating in practice on Wednesday. Coach Zac Taylor said after practice that Green did not feel great through the walkthrough and received some treatment.
The Bengals selected Green with the first-round draft pick in 2011. The seven-time Pro Bowler has racked up 602 receptions for 8,907 career yards and 63 touchdowns.
He is in the last year of a four-year, $60 million contract but has missed 21 games since the start of the 2016 season. His season was cut short last year due to an injured right toe.
The Bengals are still looking for their first win of the season. Their 0–8 record puts them at the bottom of the AFC North Division. Rookie quarterback Ryan Finley will make his first NFL start after veteran star Andy Dalton was benched.