Sports software services are pretty sure that the Bengals, who were pounded on Sunday by the Colts, could get a proper boost for their next game if they keep on receiving good news about the status of A.J. Green.
On Monday, coach Marvin Lewis said that Green was making plenty of progress. These recent comments are completely contradictory to the ones that the coach made on Friday when he said that it isn’t known when the Pro Bowler would be able to return to action.
Things appear to favor the player hitting the field again on Sunday when the Ravens are hosted by the Bengals.
“He’s made significant progress and feels good about everything that he’s being told,” said Lewis. “What the prognosis is is, I guess, the most important thing. It’s been a consistent message he’s gotten. As we said earlier, the time [off] will allow things to progress and so forth that way.”
Throughout the season, the player was struggling with an injury that he suffered on the big toe of his right foot. Green was injured during the opening quarter of Cincinnati’s 23-16 victories in Week 1 over Baltimore, but he still played through the entire contest. The week after that, he was only able to last six plays, and had to leave the field due to the pain. Since then, Green ended up missing two whole meetings, which include the team’s 27-0 defeat to Indianapolis on Sunday.
Cincinnati’s fans felt plenty of hope when the team released a tweet with a video that showed him jogging on the sidelines before the game on Sunday.
In the loss, the Bengals recorded only 135 offensive yards. WR Mohamed Sanu, who took Green’s role, was only able to catch three passes for 54 yards, which include a reception of 32 yards during the fourth quarter of the game. The player caught 10 passes for 120 yards and a TD the week prior to this.
Besides Green, Cincinnati also could have the services of LB Vontaze Burfict after the player pulled out with an injury to the neck, which Lewis said was a “cervical strain”, during the first quarter of the game on Sunday.
When Lewis was asked on Monday about how Burfict is, he answered, “He’s fine.”
A team official – who was citing doctors – dismissed worries that the player could have suffered a concussion during the game, and the team is obviously very concerned, as this isn’t the first time that Burfict sustained an injury like this.
The player suffered concussions in the opening game and the meeting with the Falcons on Week 2. Sports software services saw that Burfict was only able to finish one out of the Bengals’ six meetings.
“Oh yeah, everyone’s worried about him,” said DT Domata Peko. “But the mentality here is, if you’re hurt or something, it’s the next man’s opportunity to come up. When you come into this league, you don’t come to sit on the bench.”
On Sunday, as Burfict was out for a large part of the meeting, only 508 offensive yards were allowed by Cincinnati.
The coach did not release any news on the status of CB Leon Hall, who was out with a lower back strain, and LB Emmanuel Lamur, who has an injured shoulder, and did not show a lot of optimism when it came to LB Rey Maualuga, who isn’t expected to return to action for some time – a few more weeks, at the least.