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Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green is finally out of walking boot

A.J. Green, Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals came up short against the Seattle Seahawks in the 2019 NFL season opener. Fortunately, they were able to get some encouraging news on wide receiver A.J. Green.

Green has been nursing an ankle injury he suffered on the first day of training camp. According to Geoff Hobson of the team’s official website, he is now out of the walking boot:

Green is encouraged. Says he’s turned the corner now that boot off

This is certainly a positive update regarding Green’s recovery. Although a timetable for his return still has yet to be determined, it is safe to say that he is one step closer to getting back to 100 percent. Given his veteran status, the Bengals will likely take a cautious approach with his recovery.

Despite Green’s absence, the Bengals offense did not skip a beat in the passing game. Quarterback Andy Dalton completed 35-of-51 passes for a career-high 418 yards in the heartbreaking loss to the Seahawks. The bulk of his production went to wide receiver John Ross, who stepped up as the No. 1 option to register seven receptions for 158 yards and two touchdowns.

Ross’ emergence is undoubtedly an encouraging sign for the state of the receiving corps. There had been plenty of concern about a serious drop-off after Green was expected to miss some time. Now they could be poised to have quite the trio once he returns with wide receiver Tyler Boyd also in the mix. Regardless, Dalton will continue to rely heavily on Ross and Boyd to serve as his safety nets for the time being.