The Cincinnati Bengals’ uphill climb in the AFC North just got a little steeper.
Star wide receiver A.J. Green was carted off the field Saturday with an apparent ankle injury he suffered during practice. ESPN’s Adam Schefter now reports that Green has torn ligaments in his left ankle that will sideline him for 6-8 weeks.
Green injured his ankle while practicing with Cincinnati at the University of Dayton’s Welcome Stadium. Schefter reports that the field conditions were below average and the decision to practice at the facility will be heavily scrutinized.
Along with missing the entire preseason, the Bengals are not expecting Green to be ready for the regular-season opener at Seattle. The University of Georgia product is a seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver who is entering his ninth season in the league.
All nine years have been spent in Cincinnati. He had surgery in December to repair torn ligaments in his toe, causing him to miss the final five weeks of the season.
The NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports that Green will get a second opinion on the ankle injury before he proceeds. As of now, Green is not planning on having surgery.
Cincinnati hired Zac Taylor as its new head coach in the offseason, along with offensive coordinator Brian Callahan. Taylor is 40/1 to win the AP Coach of the Year award.
The Bengals have 14/1 odds to win the AFC North, as the Browns are +130 favorites in the division at 5Dimes. Cincinnati is 7/1 to make the playoffs and its win total is six games.
The Bengals are 145/1 longshots to win the Super Bowl.
Green has 125/1 odds to win MVP honors. He is 16/1 to win the Comeback Player of the Year award and 33/1 to lead the NFL in receiving yards.