Dec 28, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers free safety Mike Mitchell (23) hits Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) causing Green to fumble during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Facing the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday in a “do or die” Wildcard playoff game, the Cincinnati Bengals may be without their star wide receiver. While A.J. Green participated in yesterday’s practice on a limited basis, he did not participate in Friday’s practice and still has to pass the league’s concussion protocol in time for Sunday’s game.
Green was seen in street clothes in Friday’s practice and according to Richard Skinner of the Cincinnati Enquirer, he’s set to visit a neuropsychologist at some point today for further tests and evaluation.
It would be a significant blow to the Bengals’ offense if Green cannot go, as he’s quarterback Andy Dalton‘s favorite receiving target and remains one of the best wideouts in the NFL when healthy. He missed the two teams’ Week 7 regular season matchup because of a toe injury, and the Colts defense dominated en route to a 27-0 shutout of a win.
With Green out of the lineup, the Bengals offense lacked a down the field receiving threat, and the Colts secondary was simply able to play in-the-box and sit on underneath routes.
On the season, Green has 69 receptions for 1,041 yards and 6 touchdowns despite only playing in 13 of his team’s regular season games. He would provide the Bengals’ offense with a down the field threat and dynamic playmaker that they simply lack in their receiving game otherwise.
Update: On their Friday Injury Report, the Cincinnati Bengals have officially declared Green as “doubtful”, so his availability for this weekend’s game is looking unlikely.