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How to handle A.J. Green in Week 3 fantasy football

Three weeks in, still no sign of when Green will be ready to play.

Injured Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green stands on the bench against Washington in the first quarter at FedExField. Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Nope, A.J. Green is not going to play this week either. The Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver has been out since the start of training camp. Despite some initial optimism, it now looks like he might not be back anytime soon.

The 31-one-year old had surgery on his injured ankle in early August. Reports put his return at anywhere from six to eight weeks, and the team’s reluctance to put him on the injured reserve list with a designation to return sure seemed to hint that they believed he would be playing again within eight weeks. Last week, he was seen without a walking boot and on a treadmill, fueling another round of optimism.

Green threw cold water all over those hopes this week when he said it would be longer than eight weeks. He made it clear that he wasn’t going to play until he was completely healed, either.

Given that diagnosis, you have to wonder if the Bengals will just go ahead and put him on IR. That would be the logical thing to do, but this is the Bengals.

Fantasy impact: None. He’s out for awhile. And John Ross is out of the shadows and playing like a No. 1 receiver with back-to-back triple-digit yardage games and three touchdowns on the season already.