A.J. Green injury status update, 2:33 p.m.
Green did not practice on Wednesday of Week 10. Head coach Zac Taylor expects him back this weekend, but until he returns to practice, we’ll be left wondering what to make of the situation. Wednesday is often a veteran rest day, so Thursday and Friday will tell us more.
Taylor met with the media after practice and said that “Green “didn’t feel great after walkthru,” according to Tom Pelissero. He got some side treatment and his status is now day to day.
The Cincinnati Bengals benched Andy Dalton during their bye, and rookie quarterback Ryan Finley will have a significant weapon at his disposal. Wide receiver A.J. Green is expected to play in Week 10, wrapping up rehab on an ankle injury suffered at the start of training camp. Head coach Zac Taylor said he thinks Green will make his debut on Sunday and, “[t]hey’ll have a good plan for him,” according to NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero.
Fantasy football analysis: Bengals wide receivers
Green’s return shakes things up considerably. Auden Tate and Alex Erickson had emerged as flex options in fantasy football behind Tyler Boyd. Green would likely slot right back into the starting lineup upon returning, but even if he has a limited snap count, Tate and Erickson both take a hit. Erickson in particular would have to deal with Boyd taking more slot work with Green and Tate lining up outside.
Considering the move to a rookie quarterback, it will be hard to justify starting Tate or Erickson this weekend. I would not suggest releasing them yet, but temper expectations. As for Green, it’s difficult to know what Sunday will bring if he plays. If byes and injuries are hurting, he’s certainly a flex option. Beyond that, it’s unclear. He hasn’t played all season, so there will be rust, and he is playing with a rookie quarterback. It’s a dicey situation.