A.J. Green could be out until week 4 with ankle procedure

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Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green had a minor clean-up procedure on his left ankle Tuesday morning, NFL Network reported.

The report said the procedure won’t significantly change the receiver’s timeline to return, adding that Green has not yet been ruled out for Week 1 of the regular season.

ESPN reported Sunday that Green has torn ligaments in the ankle and will miss six to eight weeks, likely putting him out of Week 1 and potentially through Week 3. The Bengals open the season at Seattle on Sept. 8.

Green, who turns 31 on Wednesday, was carted off the field Saturday during the team’s first training camp practice at the University of Dayton.

He missed seven games last season with an injured right toe, falling short of 1,000 receiving yards for just the second time in his eight-year career.

Green has 602 receptions for 8,907 yards and 63 touchdowns in 111 games since the Bengals selected him fourth overall in the 2011 NFL Draft.

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