It comes as no surprise, but the Cincinnati Bengals have officially ruled star wide receiver A.J. Green for Sunday's Wild Card game against the Indianapolis Colts. Green was listed as doubtful on Friday with a concussion, but today the team downgraded him to out.
This was expected, but it's still a huge loss for the Bengals. He caught 69 passes for 1,041 yards and six touchdowns in 13 games for the Bengals this season while averaging 15.1 yards per catch. He was named to the Pro Bowl this year and has been the Bengals' top receiving weapon for Andy Dalton. Cincy Jungle's Josh Kirkendall had this stat about the other receivers on the roster:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>If A.J. can't go, that leaves Sanu, Tate, Little, Cobi on WR roster. All four WRs combined for 8 catches, 86 yards in the month of December.</p>— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) <a href="https://twitter.com/Josh_Kirkendall/status/551184067891572736">January 3, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
This just again goes to show that the Bengals will likely run the football and then run some more against the Colts, as they have Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard at the running back position and now no A.J. Green at receiver. The last time the Colts played the Bengals (in week seven), A.J. Green didn't play. Now it's official that he won't play in this weekend's Wild Card game either.