I hate to be the bearer of bad news for some folks, but it might be time to release A.J. Green if he is still on your roster. There is no new information as of Wednesday morning, but given how this story has developed, logic dictates Green is unlikely to return in time to make an impact for fantasy football players.
The Bengals return to practice later today, but it seems unlikely we see Green back at practice. He tried to get back a few weeks ago, but swelling during a walkthrough set him back and he has not attempted to practice since.
There are six games remaining in the regular season, and then Green will hit free agency next spring. He’ll want to be 100 percent for free agency and avoid aggravating the injury to create a bigger issue. Additionally, the Bengals are 0-10 and the first team formally eliminated from the playoff picture. There won’t be a playoff push that might offer Green some extra incentive to come back even if he’s not 100 percent.
In most fantasy football leagues, there are two weeks remaining before the playoffs begin. If you are looking good and have an open IR spot, feel free to keep Green. But if you are short-handed and need some help, it’s time to call it quits and release Green to the waiver wire. It’s possible he comes back and makes a contribution, but we’re running out of time for fantasy owners to hope something will happen.
If you need a roster spot, it’s time to release Green. If you can find someone willing to make a trade hoping Green returns by the fantasy playoffs, make that deal. The odds of him returning and making a significant contribution in 2019 are low enough that it’s worth the risk to release him.