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Per Report, Bengals WR A.J. Green Expected to Miss Game vs. Colts

According to a report from ESPN's Bob Holtzman, Bengals star wide receiver A.J. Green is expected to miss next week's game against the Colts.

Andy Lyons

The Colts had some time off this weekend following their win on Thursday night over the Texans, but they have a tough game coming up next weekend against the Cincinnati Bengals.  According to reports, it sounds like the Bengals might be without one of their star players in that game: wide receiver A.J. Green.

This per ESPN's Bob Holtzman:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Good news &amp; bad news for <a href="">@ajgreen_18</a>. Told me his toe won&#39;t require surgery, but expects to miss week 7 too. Will see Doc again Friday.</p>&mdash; bob holtzman (@BobHoltzmanESPN) <a href="">October 12, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>

Green missed today's game with an injured toe, and it sounds like he's expected to miss the Bengals' next game, against the Colts a week from today.  Per Cincy Jungle's Josh Kirkendall, here's more on the Green injury:

Green strained the ligaments in his foot during stretches on Wednesday. He missed practice on Thursday and showed up during Friday's session in protective boot.

This matches a report that said Green "is scheduled for another consult next week as the Bengals try to find out if it's a short- or long-term problem and how long it's going to be day-to-day."

The Bengals today seemed to do just fine offensively without Green, putting up 37 points on the Carolina Panthers in the overtime tie (yes, the game ended in the dreaded tie).  Andy Dalton had a couple of turnovers but also threw for 323 yards and two scores, the Bengals rushed for 193 yards and two scores (6.2 yards per carry), and Mohamed Sanu stepped up in the receiving game, catching 10 passes for 120 yards and a touchdown.  In other words, the Bengals' offense is still definitely good enough to put up points without A.J. Green.

That said, let's not minimize the impact that Green can have on a game and, as such, the impact that Green not playing would have as well.  He has caught 17 passes for 314 yards and 2 scores on the season so far, and in the past three years combined he has caught 260 passes for 3,833 yards and 29 touchdowns - those his first three seasons in the league.  He's definitely among the NFL's best receivers, and him not being in there would certainly have a big impact on the game.

Of course, this is just a report right now and we'll know more as the week goes on.  But at least right now, it sounds like the expectation is that Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green will be out for next Sunday's game against the Colts.