By Edward Lee
8:00 AM EST, December 28, 2011
The Cincinnati Bengals’ A.J. Green leads all rookie wide receivers in receptions (63) and yards (1,031) this season. Two Sundays ago, he caught six passes for 115 yards in the team’s 20-13 win against the St. Louis Rams.
But during that victory, Green sprained the AC joint in his right shoulder – an injury that may have contributed to his two-catch, 25-yard outing in Sunday’s 23-16 win against the Arizona Cardinals.
Green did not play in the Nov. 20 meeting between the Bengals and Ravens because of a hyperextended right knee, and coach Marvin Lewis conceded that the shoulder injury has limited Green’s effectiveness.
“There are going to be some effects,” Lewis said during his news conference Monday. “He is one week out [removed from his injury]. He will be much better this week than he was last week, just like he was better Wednesday than he was Tuesday. So I think in another week’s time, he’ll be much better. The thing about it, though, is if you went out there and you didn’t know his shoulder was hurt, you wouldn’t have known that he had any kind of injury at all. He did a good job of playing. He’ll be much better this week than he was last.”
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