A.J. Green is entering his 10th season with the Cincinnati Bengals, with injuries hindering him in recent seasons. Despite his recent ailments, Green shared how he's using his injuries as motivation for his return in 2020.
“Not playing the last year and a half, it’s really zoomed me into being more focused, not taking things for granted,” Green said, via Geoff Hobson of the team's official website. “The first seven years it was like, ‘Oh, this is easy. No speed bumps. Making the Pro Bowl every year.’ Then it’s been injury after injury.
Once Green was drafted by the Bengals in 2011, he would immediately become one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. As a matter of fact, the former No. 4 pick would be selected to the Pro Bowl in his first seven seasons.
At the time, Green was at the peak of his game, showing no signs of slowing down. However, during the 2018 season, Green would suffer injuries to his toe and groin, causing him to be sidelined for seven games.
Just last season, Green was unable to suit up in a single game due to an ankle injury he sustained at the beginning of training camp. While he hoped to make an appearance at some point, Green realized that it wasn't worth risking further injury. Especially when Cincinnati held the worst record in the NFL.
The last game that Green was able to take part in came in Week 13 of the 2018 season as the Bengals squared off with the Denver Broncos. After a year and a half of not playing in an NFL game, Green has a different perspective on his career moving forward.