Updated: 4:40 p.m.
Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green sent some angst through Bengaldom before Wednesday's practice when he revealed he'll be a game-time decision for Sunday's AFC North game for first place (1 p.m.-Cincinnati's Local 12) in Baltimore.
It must be black-and-blue division time. Green led a season-high nine players sitting out Wednesday's practice.
Green, who hyperextended his knee on his only catch of last Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Steelers—a 36-yard touchdown—said he won't practice Wednesday and probably couldn't play in a game because it is stiff and sore. He said an MRI read that he's got a bone bruise.
Meanwhile the team's top pass rusher, left
Also Wednesday, cornerback
But, basically both key players are waiitng to see how the week goes. Green, leading all NFL rookie receivers in yards and touchdowns, is Cincinnati's best offensive player. Jones, who has yet to play a snap of defense this season, is trying to get back to fill the void left by the season-ending Achilles injury to the club's best cover cornerback,
"Hopefully I’ll be ready Sunday. I’ve been waiting for this opportunity. I have to think about my team, too," Jones said before Wednesday's practice. "They’ve been waiting on me patiently. I’ve had some nick-nacks. Now it’s to the point I might have to play through a little pain to do what we have to do. I’m prepared. We’ll see how it goes. I want to be 100 percent. I think I’ll be 100 percent. My goal is to get out there and play fast without thinking."
Jones ran vigorously on the side, but that's not the question. The problem is how his injury responds in the back pedal, as well as turning, and cutting.
Green sounded like a lucky man Wednesday.
"Once I get walking around, it loosens up. I feel much better. Today it feels better than yesterday," Green said. "They said I dodged a bullet."
"Day by day, see how it goes through the whole week," said Green, and when asked if he could play Wednesday he said, "I don’t know. Probably not."
Also out Wednesday were running back
With the cornerback picture jumbled,
While safety Chris Crocker says defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer built this defense with Hall's cover skills in mind, he also says the Bengals aren't going to change much schematically.
"We're going to do what we do," Crocker said of the tight-coverage philosophy.
"I hope so," said Jennings, whose best cover skill is his speed.