A.J. Green says he’ll play despite shoulder injury

AP

As the Bengals find a way thrust themselves back into the playoff chase, a key cog in the Big Orange Machine says he’ll continue to play despite a shoulder injury.

Rookie receiver A.J. Green, who surpassed 1,000 receiving yards against the Rams, returned to action after banging up the joint.

I had it before and it’s nothing serious. I’m definitely not going to miss these last two games for nothing,” Green told reporters after the game, via Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Per Reedy, it’s a Grade 3 sprain, a degree on a six-level scale that typically doesn’t require surgery.  Ultimately, Green’s ability to play will hinge on his ability to tolerate pain, with or without a little something injected into his body to assist the process.

The Bengals host the Cardinals on Saturday, one of 13 games to be played on Christmas Eve.