AJ Greens Confirms He Will Not Be Available vs Ravens
For the past couple of weeks, hope arose that a possible return of superstar WR AJ Green was due soon, and on Wednesday morning HC Zac Taylor assured the local media that he believes so:
A 3-month rehab process coming to an end, excitement was the rightful emotion following such claims. It’s been nearly a year since fans have been able to see number 18 leap across the field, donning some of the best catches in this generation. However, hours later into the day injury reports for Wednesday’s practice were released and showed that Green, in fact, was not a participant:
And with news now dropping, the fog clears as to why AJ Green will not be available for Sunday’s game against division rival, Baltimore Ravens.
Initially, the argument will come that eight plus weeks of said rehab should be good enough. Still, only the player can be confident in his own ability to be able to perform to his capabilities. Marisa Contipelli continued with Green stating that “The biggest thing for me is to keep building the strength in it where it can handle a full practice” and that “On Monday he did most he's done in practice - routes & individuals back
Contipelli also affirmed that [Zac Taylor] was “made aware of the swelling after his weekly press conference, where he initially said Green would likely play this weekend.” Thus, the confusion might be maddening, but these things happen after not applying direct, steady pressure on it for so long. In a season with much less to play for, health needs to remain one of the most important benefactors for this team moving forward.
Of course, entering a game with an opposing defense having the likes Earl Thomas & Marlon Humphrey in the secondary, is favorable to the decision for Green to return as soon as possible. Plus, with a rookie QB making his debut start as well, fans would prefer that any and all stardom be made available to him.
The challenge presents itself Sunday, but for a 31-year-old WR that has only appeared in 9 of the last 24 games, assurance is a top priority.
On the bright side, Green isn’t closing the door on the season yet.