How is A.J. Green's knee?
That's the question many Cincinnati Bengals fans were frantically asking Thursday after news that the Pro Bowl wide receiver suffered an apparent injury during a passing drill on Day 1 training camp began to circulate around the Internet.
The 24-year-old receiver out of Georgia came down in an off-balanced manner and seemed to tweak his left knee, the same knee that caused him to miss two weeks during his rookie season.
After he was slow to get up and needed attention from the training staff, some fans feared the worst.
"AJ Green is hurt already? That's not how you start the season. Hope it isn't anything serious," tweeted _EddieEddie.
Others anxiously awaited follow-ups on the injury due to fears over what an injury to Green would do to their own season.
"'@ATLSportsNate: Noooooooooooooooooooo Bengals' A.J. Green twists knee in practice (link)' Fantasy Implications?" tweeted CaliDirtyBird
Green had 97 catches for 1,350 years and 11 touchdowns in his second season with the Bengals. Despite the addition of weapons in the offensive backfield and at tight end, an injury to Green would limit Cincinnati's chances of making a run in the playoffs even in a rebuilding AFC North.
Luckily, former Bengal and radio announcer Artrell Hawkins said via Twitter that he believes Green will be OK.
Spoke w AJ says he believes he'll be ok. Felt like he hyper-extended his left knee, similar to injury he had his rookie year vs Steeler....— Artrell Hawkins Jr. (@artrellhawkins) July 25, 2013
According to Hawkins, tests performed on the knee show no signs of structural damage.
AJ Green says MRI showed no structural damage to his left knee.— Artrell Hawkins Jr. (@artrellhawkins) July 25, 2013
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis echoed that sentiment after practice, saying he thinks Green will be "fine."
Even though he appears to be OK, some fans think Thursday's incident is reason enough to keep Green off the field.
"I don't want to see AJ Green until the regular season. #bengals," tweeted MuletownSoul.
The first practice that is open to the fans is scheduled for Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. Gates open at 2 p.m.
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