When the Indianapolis Colts played the Cincinnati Bengals at Lucas Oil Stadium in week seven, the Bengals were missing star wide receiver A.J. Green. When the Indianapolis Colts will play the Cincinnati Bengals at Lucas Oil Stadium in the Wild Card round this weekend, there's a real chance that the Bengals could be without A.J. Green once again. The Bengals have officially listed him as doubtful to play with a concussion.
In week seven, Green was also listed as doubtful but didn't play, and it's likely that he will not play this week either. He suffered a concussion in last week's game against the Steelers, and the NFL has a pretty clear-cut concussion protocol that players must go through before returning to the field. There's not much leeway for teams to decide, as either a player passes the required tests or he doesn't. And considering he didn't practice this week, it seems unlikely he'll play this weekend.
Obviously, if A.J. Green doesn't play it's a big loss for the Bengals. He caught 69 passes for 1,041 yards and six touchdowns in 13 games for the Bengals this year, averaging 15.1 yards per catch. Green was named to the Pro Bowl this year and has been the Bengals' top receiving weapon for Andy Dalton. If he is indeed out, it just confirms even more that the Bengals will likely run the football and then run some more, as they have Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard in the backfield. Either way, however, it's a big loss for the Bengals as they look to win their first playoff game since 1990 against the Colts in Lucas Oil Stadium this Sunday.