A.J. Green

Arizona Cardinals
Wide Receiver #18
Arizona Cardinals
Wide Receiver #18

A.J. Green News

Past illness, good for Sunday

Green (illness) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's contest in Atlanta, Tyler Drake of ArizonaSports.com reports.

Analysis: Green was a listed DNP on Wednesday's practice estimate due to an illness, but he returned as a limited participant Thursday and capped the week with a full session. He'll thus be available to a Cardinals offense that may be without DeAndre Hopkins this weekend after the latter missed Friday's practice with a knee injury. If Hopkins ends up inactive Sunday, Marquise Brown and Greg Dortch would be the top wide receivers for the team's Week 17 starting quarterback David Blough, but Green, Robbie Anderson and even Pharoh Cooper would be candidates for targets.

Dec 30, 2022 1:19 PM EST

Officially limited Thursday

Green (illness) was limited at Thursday's practice, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: One day removed from sitting out with an illness, Green mixed into some drills Thursday. He'll have one more session Friday to attempt to log all activity, at which point the Cardinals may gave him a designation for Sunday's game in Atlanta.

Dec 29, 2022 1:38 PM EST

Practicing Thursday

Green (illness) returned to practice Thursday, Tyler Drake of ArizonaSports.com reports.

Analysis: After an illness kept him out of Wednesday's walkthrough, Green was back on the practice field in some capacity one day later. His activity level won't be known until the Cardinals post their second injury report of Week 17, but even if he begins to put himself on a path to play Sunday in Atlanta, his overall output (19-128-1 line on 40 targets in 13 games) and inconsistent snap share don't make him an appealing option for fantasy purposes.

Dec 29, 2022 11:20 AM EST

Dealing with illness

Green didn't practice Wednesday due to an illness, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: In a season filled with sporadic usage, Green's most recent three games have yielded just one catch (on four targets) for seven yards. This despite earning between 27 and 59 percent of the snaps on a weekly basis during that span. Quarterback play is partly to blame, as the Cards have had to roll with Colt McCoy and Trace McSorley the last two-plus games after Kyler Murray tore his ACL in Week 14. Still, Green's cumulative 19-128-1 line on 40 targets in 13 appearances on the campaign doesn't inspire much confidence, even if he's able to get past his current ailment.

Dec 28, 2022 2:51 PM EST

One catch in loss

Green secured one of his two targets for seven yards in Monday's 27-13 loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: Green was not much of a factor Monday despite playing 59 percent of the Cardinals' offensive snaps. The veteran wideout played behind Marquise Brown and DeAndre Hopkins, but ahead of both Robbie Anderson and Greg Dortch. Green offers little upside on an offense with several mouths to feed, especially after losing Kyler Murray for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL. Green should remain far of the fantasy radar when the Cardinals visit the Broncos in Week 15.

Dec 13, 2022 8:23 PM EST

Another sparse performance

Green tallied one catch (on two targets) for five yards during Sunday's 25-24 defeat to the Chargers.

Analysis: With Marquise Brown back in the lineup after a five-game absence due to a foot injury, Green was behind both Brown (97 percent) and DeAndre Hopkins (74) in terms of snap share (53) and a tick ahead of Robbie Anderson (42). Still, only Brown (eight) and Hopkins (six) had more than four targets among Cardinals skill-position players. That left scraps for the likes of Green, who has managed at least five targets in three of 10 games in which he saw the field this season. With just an 18-121-1 line on 36 targets, the 34-year-old remains an afterthought in Arizona's offense.

Nov 28, 2022 8:57 PM EST

Sees season-high nine targets

Green gathered in five of nine targets for 50 yards during Monday's 38-10 loss to the 49ers.

Analysis: Green's usage has been yanked around this season, but he experienced a season-high in targets on his second-biggest snap share (77 percent) in Week 11. Still, six of his nine targets came from reserve quarterback Trace McSorley once the game was out of hand in the fourth quarter, as he otherwise recorded two catches for 10 yards working with Monday's starter Colt McCoy. There's a chance for Green to remain in the rotation in the short term with Rondale Moore now dealing with a groin injury and Marquise Brown (foot) not yet activated from injured reserve. In the end, though, DeAndre Hopkins (12 targets) and Greg Dortch (10 targets) were the main beneficiaries in this contest, so Green is on the outside looking in within the Cardinals offense.

Nov 22, 2022 9:45 AM EST

Finds end zone against Rams

Green caught both his targets for 10 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 27-17 win over the Rams.

Analysis: With 36-year-old Colt McCoy getting the start for Arizona instead of Kyler Murray (hamstring), the 34-year-old Green was able to score his first TD since Week 6 of 2021 on a six-yard grab just before halftime. Green has seen only three targets over the last three games however, and his role in the Cardinals' offense isn't likely to increase in Week 11 against the 49ers, regardless of who's under center.

Nov 13, 2022 8:38 PM EST

Musters one snap in Week 9

Green played one offensive snap during Sunday's 31-21 defeat to the Seahawks.

Analysis: Green's usage continues to waver wildly. Two weeks removed from being available and not getting on the field, he since logged 47 percent of the snaps on offense Week 8 at Minnesota but didn't catch his only target before Sunday's one-snap showing. With no catches on that one target since Week 6, Green seemingly has fallen out of favor in the Cardinals offense, especially after newcomer Robbie Anderson played 83 percent of the snaps Sunday en route to one reception on three targets.

Nov 7, 2022 8:29 PM EST

Blanked in Week 8

Green didn't catch his only target during Sunday's 34-26 loss at Minnesota.

Analysis: After being active but earning no snaps Week 7, Green got back in the mix Sunday, ranking third among Cardinals wide receivers in offensive snaps (37 of 78) behind DeAndre Hopkins (78) and Rondale Moore (77) and ahead of Greg Dortch (20) and Robbie Anderson (seven). That said, in Green's six appearances this season, he's been blanked twice and topped out at 20 receiving yards in a given game. Considering Hopkins, Moore and No. 1 tight end Zach Ertz are the main options for quarterback Kyler Murray, a decent snap share for an Arizona skill-position player doesn't necessarily equate to production, making Green a fantasy nonentity for the time being.

Nov 1, 2022 9:11 PM EST

Set to suit up Week 8

Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury said Green will be active and is set to play in Sunday's game in Minnesota, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Green was previously active for the Cardinals' Week 7 win over the Saints, but he didn't see any snaps after he was excised from the receiver rotation while DeAndre Hopkins made his season debut after missing the first six games due to a suspension. Arizona still has a bit of a logjam at receiver, but Green looks like he could be a candidate to absorb some snaps from either Robbie Anderson or Greg Dortch, who served as depth options behind Hopkins and Rondale Moore in Week 7. Regardless, Green doesn't project to have a significant enough role to deliver a useful fantasy line against the Vikings.

Oct 30, 2022 6:32 AM EST

No snaps in Week 7

Green was active but didn't play in the Cardinals' Week 6 win versus the Saints.

Analysis: While Green did sit out Week 4 due to a left knee issue, he wasn't listed on Arizona's injury report in advance of either of the team's last two contests, so his health can't be blamed for the lack of snaps. Coach Kliff Kingsbury touched on Green's usage last Friday, telling Jose M. Romero of the Arizona Republic, "We're going to work through that with all these pieces. ... But we'll spend the next eight or nine days going through it and see what we come up with." Reps at wide receiver seemingly are up for grabs with Marquise Brown (foot) on injured reserve, but with DeAndre Hopkins back from suspension, the team trading for Robbie Anderson last week, and Rondale Moore and Greg Dortch also on hand, Green may find it difficult to eek out a regular role on offense, at least in the short term.

Oct 25, 2022 8:57 AM EST

Records season-high 20 yards

Green caught three of five targets for 20 yards during Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: Green returned to the lineup after missing one game due to a bone bruise in his left knee that he picked up during a Week 3 loss to the Rams. While he played a typical 72 percent of the offensive snaps, he made only minor marks in the box score, which actually matched his season high for receptions and set a new best in yards on the campaign. Such is Green's reality in an offense in which Marquise Brown (11 targets per game) and Zach Ertz (8.2) dominate the looks from Kyler Murray. Assuming Green avoids the injury report this week, he'll have a difficult time producing as long as Brown and Ertz are healthy.

Oct 10, 2022 9:15 PM EST

Returning this week

Green (knee) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Eagles, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Green and Marquise Brown (foot) are cleared to play, while Rondale Moore (knee) is listed as questionable and expected to be a game-time decision. Green caught five of 13 targets for 29 yards over the first three weeks of the season, before missing Week 4 with a knee injury and now coming back for Week 5. The Eagles present a tough matchup for perimeter receivers with Darius Slay and James Bradberry starting at cornerback.

Oct 7, 2022 1:33 PM EST

Stays limited Thursday

Green (knee) was limited at practice Thursday, Tyler Drake of ArizonaSports.com reports.

Analysis: Green now has strung together back-to-back capped practices after being sidelined since injuring his left knee during a Week 3 loss to the Rams. Elsewhere in the Cardinals' receiving corps, Marquise Brown went from a non-participant Wednesday to limited Thursday, while Rondale Moore showed up on the injury report Thursday as limited due to a knee issue. Considering there's uncertainty surrounding the team's top three wide receivers, the situation bears watching to get a sense of who among the trio may be able to suit up Sunday against the Eagles.

Oct 6, 2022 2:47 PM EST

Limited Wednesday

Green (knee) practiced in a limited fashion Wednesday, Tyler Drake of ArizonaSports.com reports.

Analysis: The on-field appearance marks Green's first since hurting his left knee Week 3. Coach Kliff Kingsbury told Jose M. Romero of The Arizona Republic that he's hopeful Green is able to return to action Sunday versus the Eagles, and his ability to practice Wednesday is setting up the 12th-year pro to miss just one game due to injury. Meanwhile, Marquise Brown (foot) didn't practice to kick off Week 5 prep, and Antoine Wesley (hip, IR) logged his first session of the campaign. With DeAndre Hopkins (suspension) still sidelined for two more contests, Green may be one of quarterback Kyler Murray's top targets, assuming he makes himself available.

Oct 5, 2022 2:31 PM EST

Not playing in Week 4

Green (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's contest in Carolina, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Green exited Week 3 action against the Rams due to a left knee injury but attempted to play through the pain until he landed awkwardly while attempting to corral a Kyler Murray pass in the third quarter. Since then, Green hasn't practiced at all and thus will sit out Week 4. In a receiving corps that's already down DeAndre Hopkins (suspension) and Antoine Wesley (hip, IR) and lists Marquise Brown (rest/foot) and Rondale Moore (hamstring) as questionable for Sunday, Greg Dortch and Andy Isabella are the only healthy options at the position for the Cardinals at the moment.

Sep 30, 2022 11:29 AM EST

Absent for another practice

Green (knee) wasn't present for practice Thursday, Jose M. Romero of The Arizona Republic reports.

Analysis: He'll go down as a non-participant for the second day in a row and looks to be trending toward his first absence of the season Sunday against the Panthers, as head coach Kliff Kingsbury has already said that he doesn't expect Green to be available for the contest. Arizona will offer a final word on Green's status with the release of Friday's injury report, but unless he practices in some fashion that day, he'll likely be officially ruled out ahead of the Week 4 game.

Sep 29, 2022 8:47 AM EST

Unlikely to play this week

Coach Kliff Kingsbury doesn't expect Green (knee) to play against the Panthers on Sunday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: The real question is whether Green will miss multiple games, as it's already been reported that he'd likely be out at least a week after exiting the Week 3 loss to Los Angeles with a bone bruise in his knee. He caught only five passes for 29 yards in two and a half games before the injury, and backups Andy Isabella and Baccelia didn't do much (24 yards on six combined targets) after Green left the Week 3 contest. QB Kyler Murray has thus far relied on Marquise Brown, Greg Dortch and TE Zach Ertz, with Rondale Moore (hamstring) expected to return Week 4/5 and DeAndre Hopkins back from suspension Week 7.

Sep 28, 2022 10:15 AM EST

Diagnosed with bone bruise

Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury said Monday that Green has a bone bruise in his knee and could miss at least one week, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Green missed some time on the Cardinals' second drive of the game and was seen with his left knee in a wrap before returning to the field. Later, in the third quarter, he recorded a drop and landed awkwardly at the end of the play, again grabbing at his left knee. Green went to the locker room at that point and didn't return, ending the contest with no catches on two targets. The veteran wideout hasn't been ruled out for Week 4 yet, but there doesn't appear to be much optimism surround his status.

Sep 26, 2022 1:50 PM EST

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