Quick Hits: Green, Mixon Appear On Field; A.J. Designated 'limited'; Mixon, Price DNP 

Optimism surrounded A.J. Green Wednesday.
Optimism surrounded A.J. Green Wednesday.

In his first practice opportunity since injuring his groin in Sunday's game in Carolina, Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green emerged for Wednesday's practice like the rest of his mates in full pads and a helmet and stretched with them before going to the rehab field as Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis officially designated him 'limited,' for the day with a pelvis injury.

And for the first time since his Sept. 15 arthroscopic knee surgery, running back Joe Mixon appeared on the practice field. But he only had his helmet and no pads when he stretched and then joined Green on the rehab field. Like Mixon, rookie center Billy Price (foot) missed Sunday's game but he was also on the field for the first time since injuring it two weeks ago. Even if it was only to ride the stationery bike. Both were listed as DNPs and didn't practice.

Middle linebacker Preston Brown (ankle) and right end Michael Johnson (knee), who didn't play last Sunday, were also padded up for the start of practice, but were again listed as limited.

Also appearing as limited on the first injury report since Sunday's game: left tackle Cordy Glenn (knee), slot cornerback Darqueze Dennard (calf), cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (groin) and running back Giovani Bernard (thigh).

Green's appearance mirrored head coach Marvin Lewis' optimism for his availability Sunday (1 p.m.-Cincinnati's Channel 12) in Atlanta. Lewis said Green is taking anti-inflammatories and is excited about playing in his adopted hometown of Atlanta. It's also the first NFL chance he really gets to play high school and college rival Julio Jones, the Falcons Pro Bowl wide receiver. Green played only the first series of the Bengals' 2014 win over Atlanta at Paul Brown Stadium before leaving with a toe injury.