While training camp signals a time of hope, optimism, and the return of football, it’s not all good news. Every year, numerous players go down with injuries that derail both their season and the team’s.
Only days into camp for most teams, a big-time player has already gone down, and it might be serious. Star receiver A.J. Green was carted off the field at Bengals camp on Saturday afternoon.
Green has struggled with numerous lower-body injuries throughout his career, and this doesn’t look good. He tore a ligament in his toe that sunk most of his 2018 season, and a groin injury hampered him early in the campaign. He tore his hamstring back in 2016 as well.
One shred of good news is that the injury doesn’t seem to be to the same foot he struggled with all last year. An ankle sprain has been reported as one possibility.
Hopefully it doesn’t turn out too serious, but an ankle sprain has a wide range in terms of severity. New head coach Zac Taylor is optimistic, which is a good sign.
The Bengals were looking to bounce back this year after a down 2018. If Green is sidelined for any amount of time, they lose their most dangerous weapon, and it’ll be hard to get any momentum going with him sidelined.
UPDATE: Ian Rapoport reports the Bengals believe Green suffered an ankle sprain. These is probably the best-case scenario, all things considered.
UPDATE 2: Adam Schefter reports Green tore ligaments in his ankle, and will miss six to eight weeks. Not a season-ending injury as was the initial fear, but worse than an ankle sprain. Tyler Boyd will have a big role in this offense.