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A.J. Green activated from COVID-19 list Thursday for Week 10

We break down the news that Green has been activated from COVID-19 protocol.

Wide receiver A.J. Green #18 of the Arizona Cardinals carries the football after a reception during the second half of the NFL game at State Farm Stadium on October 28, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona.
Wide receiver A.J. Green of the Arizona Cardinals carries the football after a reception during the second half of the NFL game at State Farm Stadium on October 28, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. The Packers defeated the Cardinals 24-21.
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Thursday update: A.J. Green will be activated for Thursday’s practice, per Darren Urban. Green missed last week’s game, but should be able to get ready for this week and play.

The Arizona Cardinals managed to get through a week with most of their backups playing in a victory over the San Francisco 49ers. The Cardinals should have most of their starters back for Week 10 against the Panthers, although starter A.J. Green remains in COVID-19 protocol.

Fantasy football implications

If Green remains in the protocol through Week 10, expect Christian Kirk to see a bigger role in the offense. Rondale Moore is dealing with a concussion, so Kirk is the wide receiver to target in this offense outside of DeAndre Hopkins. As Weinfuss notes, Kliff Kingsbury says he expects to have Green back in a few days. If the wide receiver returns, he’d likely be the second receiver next to Hopkins with Kirk occupying the No. 3 role. At this point, it looks like Green will suit up in Week 10 but nothing is certain when it comes to COVID-19 protocols.