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Ravens anticipating Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green playing Sunday

Ravens cornerback Chykie Brown (23) tumbles by Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green.
Ravens cornerback Chykie Brown (23) tumbles by Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green. (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)

The last time the Ravens squared off with Cincinnati Bengals All-Pro wide receiver A.J. Green, he caught the game-winning touchdown pass in the season-opener just behind cornerback Chykie Brown's outstretched fingertips.

However, Green has been sidelined for the past two games with a turf toe injury and his status for Sunday's game against the Ravens remains undetermined.

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Although Green didn't practice Wednesday and Bengals coach Marvin Lewis was noncommittal about his medical outlook, the Ravens are preparing as if Green will be on the field Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium.

"He's going to play," Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb said authoritatively of Green.

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The Ravens didn't have their top cornerback, Jimmy Smith, covering Green on the game-deciding play in the fourth quarter. Since that game, they've replaced Brown in the starting lineup with Webb back from a lower-back injury. Brown was inactive in the Ravens' 29-7 win on Sunday over the Atlanta Falcons.

"You have to assume that any player on any team that might have a chance to play, you have to prepare for him because he could be out there," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said of Green. "You always look and see in the injury report and see whether they practiced or not. We're not going to know anything really until they announce something, and that's with any injury every week."

Green has caught 27 passes for 465 yards and three touchdowns in six games against the Ravens. He's caught a touchdown pass of 50 yards or longer in each of the past three games, including his 77-yard touchdown catch on Sept. 7 at M&T Bank Stadium, when he finished with six catches for 131 yards.

When he's healthy, Green provides a formidable outside presence with his combination of size and speed at 6-feet-4 and 207 pounds.

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"He does a lot of good things," Webb said of Green. "He can catch. It doesn't matter where the ball is at, high or low. He runs great routes and he understands the game. He's a competitor."

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