The Bengals have ruled out wide receiver A.J. Green for Sunday's game against the Ravens, the team announced on Friday.
Earlier in the week, Cincinnati head coach Zac Taylor said that the Week 10 matchup could potentially be Green’s season debut. However, Green, who sustained an ankle injury in the first practice of the season, was listed as "day-to-day" on Wednesday after he did not feel great following the team's walkthrough.
"I can't go out there when I'm not 100%," Green told reporters on Thursday. "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."
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, and the only winless team left in the NFL. Rookie quarterback Ryan Finley will make his first NFL start after veteran star Andy Dalton was benched.