A.J. Green will likely play on Saturday, but he won’t play much

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The Bengals have had several key players sidelined at various points this summer by injuries, with wide receiver A.J. Green’s bruised knee starting things off at an early training camp practice.

Green returned to practice last week, but didn’t play in the team’s second preseason game. It looks like he’ll take that next step on Saturday when the Bengals travel to Dallas to face the Cowboys.

“At some point you will see A.J. Green. He may be beside me in warmups. I think he’s making the trip,” Lewis said, via the Bengals website. “It will be good to at least play a little bit and it will be fun for him to play. He wants to play. He’s ready to play and we’ll go from there.”

Green won’t be playing much, however. Lewis said he’s not a subscriber to the theory that a team’s starters have to play deep into the third preseason game of the year — “It’s way different than it used to be,” he explained — and Green’s not a player worth pushing one snap beyond what’s necessary given his importance to the team’s offensive scheme.

The status of other players, like tackle Andrew Whitworth and defensive end Carlos Dunlap, is less certain.