The Cincinnati Bengals got some bad news at the start of training camp this year. This when wide receiver A.J. Green was carted off the field after the first practice of training camp. Green, who missed the last seven games of last season, is expected to miss the start of the upcoming regular season. Things have gone from bad to worse.
An MRI revealed that A.J. Green has torn ligaments in his left ankle. These are likely to sideline him six to eight weeks. This means he likely won’t be healthy enough to play in the team’s season-opener on September 8. The Bengals travel to Seattle to take on the Seahawks.
The Bengals were practicing at Welcome Stadium in Dalton, Ohio, on a field that was considered to be sub-par. However, the team managed to clear up the field for use. A day after the injury to A.J. Green, wide receiver Tyler Boyd described the field conditions in Dayton as “terrible.”
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“The turf was terrible. I couldn’t run any routes out there. I’m falling all over the ground. It was bad. It was rocks, pebbles out there. Man, it was somewhere we shouldn’t have been. I’m not trying to say any excuses, but it is what it is,” Boyd said.
Bengals head coach Zac Taylor, who was hired after the team parted ways with Marvin Lewis, said he didn’t think the condition of the field was too bad. “I don’t think the turf had anything to do with it,” Taylor said at the end of Sunday’s practice.
A.J. Green, who turned 31 this week, missed only four games through his first five seasons in the league. However, he has dealt with injuries over the past few years and has missed 13 games in the least three seasons. He is going into the final year of his contract and will need a big season to cash in on free agency when the season is over.