A.J. Green’s return expected “no time soon”

7/29/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsNFL teams typically approach late July with high expectations; getting a step closer to regular season with the onset of training camp. But it can also turn into an emotional roller coaster for the few teams who are hit with a series of unfortunate injuries. The New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles and Baltimore Ravens were dealt the same hand this offseason, losing heavy contributors within a few days of each other. The Cincinnati Bengals also recently had an injury scare but ultimately avoided the unfortunate fate of their rival teams.
Bengals star wide receiver A.J. Green suffered a freak knee injury in the first practice of training camp, and for a while things looked gloomy for the team. But after an MRI scan revealed no structural damage it was confirmed Green was only dealing with a “knee bruise.” Green has been sitting out the subsequent days of training camp practice while recovering from the knee bruise.
However, the Bengals have gotten nowhere on a timetable for Green’s return. Two years back when Green hyper extended his knee, he was sidelined for 10 days.
"We don't know yet. We're not going to rush it,” Green said via ESPN, while talking about his projected return and how his knee his feeling now. “We have time, so we're just going to play it by ear. But it's feeling much better now."
In the long-run, it’s a wise approach by the Bengals. In an attempt to rush back to field, Green could potentially re-tweak his knee if it hasn’t healed completely.
"I'm not going to test it out no time soon," Green added. "We're just going to wait it out. The swelling is down, so it's all good." 
This puts Green’s status for the preseason opener at Atlanta in doubt.
"I don't know," Green said on the chance of sitting out the preseason opener due to the knee injury. "We'll see."
But the bottom-line is that the Bengals have Green healthy in 42 days, instead of 10-days to the preseason opener, to lineup against the Chicago Bears in the regular season opener at Soldier Field.
A precautionary approach in returning to the field will help Green prevent letting a minor knee injury from becoming a more chronic issue, while continuing the climb up the NFL leader.
Green is on the brink of being counted among the elite NFL receivers. Last season, Green ranked seventh in the league in catches (97), 10th in receiving yards (1,350), and fourth in touchdown catches (11). Green also finished the 2012 season by leading the league with seven receptions over 40-yards.
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