On Thursday, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis seemed fairly unconcerned about the knee injury that wide receiver A.J. Green suffered in practice.
Green had an MRI on the knee and there wasn’t much change in the overall outlook when the team updated his status on Friday. Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Lewis called the injury a bruise and that Green would miss the next three days of practice to recover.
Green could wind up missing a bit more time than that, but he didn’t seem particularly worried either. Green said the injury was less severe than the hyperextended knee he suffered in a November 2011 game against the Steelers that wound up keeping him out for about 10 days.
“A little off balance, just an awkward landing,” Green said of how the injury occured. “Good the injury happened now, get time to rest.”
While the Bengals probably would prefer if the injury didn’t happen at all, it is indeed difficult to imagine a better time for it to happen than the first days of training camp. Green should and likely will take as much time as he needs to feel 100 percent because the Bengals offense won’t be going anywhere if he’s not threatening defenses on the outside.