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Bengals WR A.J. Green Gives Update in Attempt to Return from Injury

Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green admitted he still has “a little ways to go” in his rehab from offseason ankle surgery according to Tyler Dragon of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

With each passing week it seems stranger that the Bengals did not place Green on injured reserve to start the season but they clearly did not anticipate him being out this long. Green has been out since late July but hope surfaced about his return when he returned to practice on a limited basis last week.

That hope dimmed, unfortunately, when Green did not practice either Wednesday or Thursday this week and it seems clear he will not be on the field this Sunday for the Week 7 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Bengals then travel to London for a game against the Los Angeles Rams before their bye week mercifully arrives in Week 9. At this point, Week 10 may be the most logical date for Green’s return.

With Green scheduled to become a free agent next spring, there has been speculation that he has tired of the Bengals’ perennial losing and is less than motivated to put his health and career on the line for a winless and rudderless Bengals team.

And there seem to be some strange things going on in Cincy with the Bengals’ medical staff and some injured players in light of the reports of left tackle Cordy Glenn’s dispute with the team over his season-long concussion.

Dealing Green to a contender before the trade deadline seems to be a logical move for both sides-but Green needs to show he is healthy enough to play.

Bengals and Offensive Tackle Cordy Glenn at Odds Over Concussion

Bengals and left tackle Cordy Glenn are at odds over the team’s handling of his concussion according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.com.

Per Florio, the sides are at loggerheads “regarding the concussion, its symptoms, whether he’s able to return, the need for second opinions, and how the player feels.” The Bengals have apparently fined Glenn $200,000 for conduct detrimental to the team, while things reportedly “got heated” Wednesday. Glenn and a member of the Bengals’ coaching staff argued (a witness thought at one point that it was going to turn physical), and Glenn eventually told head coach Zac Taylor to just cut him.

Much like Trent Williams in Washington, Glenn believes the Bengals have mishandled the situation. He has yet to play in 2019 after suffering the concussion in the preseason and, although he was cleared to resume practicing on Wednesday, it is safe to say he will not take the field for the Week 7 game against the Jaguars.

A second-round pick of the Bills in 2012 out of Georgia, the Bengals traded for Glenn in 2018 and he suited up for 13 out of 16 games last season at left tackle. It should be noted that an independent neurologist (paid jointly by NFL/NFLPA) clears a player from concussion protocol, not the team or the player. Whatever owner/GM Mike Brown’s reasoning for fining Glenn are, it is a terrible look for a league supposedly emphasizing player safety.

Taylor on A.J. Green Trade Speculation: “We Are Not Trading That Guy”

Speaking to the media on Thursday, Bengals head coach Zac Taylor was adamant that the team would not consider trading contract-year wide receiver A.J. Green according to Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic.

“I’ve heard the speculation,” Taylor said. “We are not trading that guy.” Taylor came across as “definitive” to the assembled media. If true, it better mean the Bengals are all in on re-signing Green, because otherwise the stance makes no sense.

Of course, a rebuilding team signing a 31-year-old wideout who has not yet seen the field in 2019 to a massive longterm contract does not make much sense either. Despite hiring a young and innovative rookie head coach, the Bengals organization seems to often find themselves stuck in the past with many of their decisions-trying to relive the glory days of a roster that never managed to win a single playoff game.

A.J. Green Talks About Latest Trade Rumors from the Bengals

There’s been plenty of chatter about the future of Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green, and if he is even going to have a future in Cincy.

CBS Sports reports that Cincy may look to deal Green before the trade deadline, but right now all the all-time leading Bengals wide receiver is thinking about is getting healthy and being able to again take the field.

A.J. Green will not play for the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 6, but even after he recovers from an ankle injury that’s kept him sidelined all season, it’s no sure bet the seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver will play for the Bengals again.

Dwelling in the cellar of the AFC North after an 0-5 start under new coach Zac Taylor, the Bengals are expected to “begin fielding calls for a core group of key players” in the coming weeks, CBS Sports’ NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported recently. And Green himself addressed speculation of a potential trade on Thursday, telling the Bengals’ official website he’s aware of the possibility.

“I don’t fantasize about anything like that,” he said. “I’m just trying to get healthy and go from there.”

Bengals Hang Tough After Slow Start; Fall Late to the Bills 21-17

The Bengals found themselves in a 14-0 hold in the Bills home opener, but rallied only to watch as Frank Gore scored in the final minutes as they fall to 0-3 with a 21-17 loss to the Bills

Here’s a video recap of the loss:

49ers at Bengals NFL Week Two Inactives

Here’s the Week Two inactives for the Bengals and 49’ers at Paul Brown Stadium.

49ers

QB C.J. Beathard
OT Daniel Brunskill
RB Tevin Coleman
WR Jalen Hurd
WR Trent Taylor
CB Jason Verrett
S Jimmie Ward

Bengals

DT Andrew Brown
WR Pharoh Cooper
QB Jacob Dolegala
OT Cordy Glenn
WR A.J. Green
RB Trayveon Williams
DT Renell Wren

Bengals Ink WR Cooper and RB Perine, Waive LB Nickerson and WR Malone

The Bengals signed wide receiver Pharoh Cooper and running back Samaje Perine, Tyler Dragon of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Cooper spent the majority of his first three seasons with the Los Angeles Rams. He was released by Los Angeles and then finished last year playing for the Arizona Cardinals.

The fourth-year receiver has 25 receptions for 190 yards in 33 career games.

In the backfield, the Bengals added Perine. Perine was a 2017 fourth-round pick by Washington. He’s rushed for 635 yards and one touchdown in 21 career games (eight starts) all in D.C.

The two will add depth at wide receiver and running back.

In corresponding moves, the Bengals waived linebacker Hardy Nickerson and wide receiver Josh Malone.

Sporting News Picks the NFL 2019 Division Winners – Where Do the Bengals Land?

It’s that time of the year when national pundits start to look ahead and pick records for teams around the league, as well as pick the winners of the divisions.

Sporting News is out with their 2019 predictions, and they have their picks in for the AFC North.

The longtime company picks the Browns, who made a ton of offseason pickups as the team to beat, as they say they will go 11-5.

Next up would be the Steelers, who still will win double-digit games, but fall a game short in the division to Cleveland going 10-6.

The third place team will be the Baltimore Ravens, who will end the year at 8-8. Last are the Bengals, who will win just five games going 5-11.

Here’s the complete rundown of who Sporting News likes along with the Super Bowl teams.