Here's Why A.J. Green Should Play the Last Two Games for the Bengals

Jason Schandl
A.J. Green on the sidelines for the Bengals' Week 3 matchup against the Bills
A.J. Green on the sidelines for the Bengals' Week 3 matchup against the Bills / Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images

It's been hard to get a consistent story on A.J. Green's ankle injury ever since he underwent preseason surgery. Depending on the week it's either seemed like a return is imminent or like he's most likely done for the year.

It sounds like Green himself wants to play the last two games of the regular season though, and the team seems to be on the same page. That would be a smart move for Green.

The Cincinnati Bengals have nothing to play for but the first-overall pick, and Green likely doesn't want to risk re-injuring the ankle with free agency looming this summer. But having been practicing for so long now, it's hard to imagine that Green isn't pretty much up to speed at this point, and his presence isn't likely to be the difference-maker for the first-overall pick, with the Bengals only having one win heading into Week 15.

The upside of returning to action is worth those small risks as well. He hasn't played since Week 13 of the 2018 season, and teams may be reluctant to take a gamble on a will-be 32-year-old coming off a year-long absence with a big free agent contract unless he proves himself in live game action first.

A Week 16 return would put Green in a dreamy matchup against the Miami Dolphins, giving him a great opportunity to return with a splash. Miami has allowed the NFL's most points (30.7) and 10th-most passing yards (256.6) per game, as well as the third-most adjusted yards per pass attempt (8.5) on the year.

The addition of one more weapon in the passing game may not be what the Bengals need to win games, but at this point winning games doesn't bring them any value, so that's not much of a concern.

For Green's sake, returning to action with a big game or two could be a big difference-maker in the kind of contract he receives heading into the 2020 season.

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