The Cincinnati Bengals lastly obtained some excellent news concerning star vast receiver A.J. Inexperienced, who tore ligaments in his ankle in the course of the first apply of coaching camp method again on July 27.
Inexperienced obtained behind the mic for the primary time since struggling the harm to debate his progress and a doable return date.
“Every thing’s moving into an amazing route,” Inexperienced mentioned, who was out of his protecting boot. “I’m sick of being damage. Simply laborious to take care of these final two years. However like I mentioned, simply go together with the punches, take the unhealthy with the unhealthy and take the nice with the nice and simply go together with it.”
Regardless of not being on the sector, Inexperienced seems to have made an impression on his first-year head coach, Zac Taylor.
“Some guys would lay low for the weekend, however he doesn’t need to do it. He needs to be mentally ready for when the time comes that he’s able to play. He needs to be engaged and he doesn’t need to miss something,” Taylor mentioned. “The group likes him, and he warms my coronary heart when he’s round, as a result of that’s after I keep in mind that I’ve A.J. Inexperienced hiding out within the background. It’s good to have guys like that. He’s a captain, and also you want a veteran presence and veteran leaders round even when they’re not enjoying.”
In response to ESPN, Inexperienced mentioned he ran for roughly 10 minutes on Tuesday and did a leg exercise with Bengals energy and conditioning coach Joey Boese
Whereas the indicators are optimistic, Inexperienced declined to offer any sort of timeline and refuted experiences that it will take 6-Eight weeks to heal.
“I don’t know the place they obtained the six to eight weeks from. It’s going to be longer than that,” Inexperienced mentioned. “It’s simply a type of issues that has to heal by itself. After I really feel I’m wholesome sufficient to play on the degree I’m used to enjoying, I simply need to be sure that it’s at 100 %.”
A.J. Inexperienced’s Contract Scenario With Bengals
A purpose Inexperienced could possibly be takin a cautious strategy to his comeback is as a result of he’s within the remaining yr of his deal. If the Bengals will not be playoff contenders — which they aren’t anticipated to be with a Vegas win whole of 5.5 — there’s no purpose for Inexperienced to hurry again.
He’ll make $11.976 million this season, however has watched guys like Michael Thomas in New Orleans and Julio Jones with the Falcons get big offers this offseason. Inexperienced mentioned a holdout of any variety will not be in his plans.
“All people is aware of what I’m able to doing if wholesome. All I can do is play like I’ve the final 9 years and it’ll maintain itself. You by no means know. It’s a enterprise,” Inexperienced mentioned. “I’ve no intention of holding out. I’m not going to do something loopy. I simply need to play soccer.”
Bengals WR Tyler Boyd: Browns Speak Will Finish When A.J. Inexperienced Returns
There’s nothing like some good smack speak to boost a rivalry.
The Bengals AFC North rival Cleveland Browns had been probably the most hyped group of the offseason after a robust end final yr and the addition of vast receiver Odell Beckham Jr. within the offseason.
Nevertheless, the Browns had been stomped by the Tennessee Titans at residence 43-13 of their opener, whereas the Bengals had been simply barely beat out by the Seattle Seahawks, 21-20.
The Bengals passing recreation was the very best within the NFL throughout Week 1, with Andy Dalton throwing for a profession excessive 418 yards and two first-half touchdowns to John Ross.
Ross excelled within the absence of Inexperienced, ending with 158 yards, which practically matched his 210 yards he recorded all of final season. Tyler Boyd had eight grabs for 60 yards.
With the information of Inexperienced’s return heating up Wednesday, Boyd put out a stern assertion about his Bengals squad.
“As soon as we get A.J. [Green] again, there ain’t no speaking concerning the Browns no extra,” Bengals vast receiver Tyler Boyd advised Tyler Dragon of Cincinnati.com.
Inexperienced needs to be lively when the 2 groups meet. Each matchups for the season are scheduled for December — one recreation on Dec. Eight and the opposite on Dec. 29.
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