CINCINNATI (AP) — A.J. Green had ankle surgical procedure Tuesday and is anticipated to overlook the beginning of the season, one other important setback for the Cincinnati Bengals’ offense.
Green harm his left ankle throughout the opening apply of camp Saturday in Dayton, touchdown awkwardly after cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick ran into the star receiver whereas breaking apart a go.
Coach Zac Taylor mentioned Green had surgical procedure Tuesday morning and sure gained’t be prepared for the beginning of the season. Cincinnati opens at Seattle on Sept. 8 after which hosts San Francisco. The Bengals go to Buffalo the third week adopted by a Monday night time sport at Pittsburgh on Sept. 30.
“He’s going to miss some regular-season games,” Taylor mentioned. “How many, I don’t know. Very hopefully he’s back at the beginning of the regular season and it’s not more than a couple of games.”
It’s the second straight season that Green has suffered a major damage. He missed half of final season with an injured proper toe that required surgical procedure. The Bengals went straightforward with him throughout offseason exercises, and he felt totally recovered for the beginning of coaching camp.
Less than an hour into the primary apply, he obtained harm. The Bengals had been training in Dayton — commemorating the location of the NFL’s first sport — when Kirkpatrick ran into him throughout a 7-on-7 drill.
The Bengals initially had been optimistic that it was only a sprained ankle, however a specialist really helpful surgical procedure to assist the therapeutic course of.
“We’re thankful they saw everything they saw, and it’s just going to be a couple of games and we’re going to get it all taken care of,” Taylor mentioned.
The offense already has misplaced three projected starters. Rookie sort out Jonah Williams suffered a season-ending shoulder damage within the offseason, and left guard Clint Boling retired in July due to a blood clot, costing Cincinnati its two starters on the left aspect of the road.
Taylor deliberate to have the group’s first apply in pads on Tuesday, however extreme storms compelled the Bengals to name it off and have a walk-through indoors as a substitute. Cincinnati is the one northern group and not using a coated apply area.
Taylor changed Marvin Lewis, who was fired after his 16th season. Taylor mentioned “there’s never a good time to lose a practice,” which forces the group to reconfigure its plans.
“When practice is canceled, when guys get hurt, it’s all about how we respond,” Taylor mentioned.
NOTES: The Bengals signed free agent cornerback Tony Lippett, who was a fifth-round decide of the Dolphins in 2015. He spent two seasons with Miami and a part of final season with the Giants. The group waived linebacker Chris Worley, who performed of their closing two video games final season on particular groups. … Long snapper Clark Harris handed a bodily and was cleared to hitch apply, earlier than the storm compelled Taylor to name it off.
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