Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green will miss six to eight weeks with torn ligament in his left ankle, as was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Sunday.
That would put the Cincinnati star receiver on track for a return just in time for the Bengals to visit the Steelers on Monday night in Week 4 on September 30.
Green is expected to miss his team’s opener at Seattle of September 8, and could miss games against San Francisco on September 15 and at Buffalo on September 22, depending on how his rehab process goes.
Green also missed seven games in the 2018 season, including the second meeting between Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, which caused him to miss his first Pro Bowl since joining the league.
In his eight-year career, he’s played more games against Pittsburgh (14) than any other team. In those games, he has 88 catches for 1,178 yards and eight touchdowns. The Steelers are 11-3 in those games.
Cincinnati will replace Green with recently extended fourth-year receiver Tyler Boyd out of Pitt and Clairton as the team’s top passing option. John Ross, who was the Bengals’ first-round pick in 2017, will be in line to be elevated to a starting role.