A.J. Green

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

A.J. Green News

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

Won't return Sunday

Green (knee) has been ruled out of Sunday's contest against the Rams, 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 wrong at the end of the play, again grabbing at his left knee. Green went to the locker room at that point and now won't get back on the field. He'll thus finish Week 3 with no catches on two targets.

Sep 25, 2022 3:20 PM EST

Back in Sunday's game

Green (knee) returned to Sunday's game versus the Rams, Jose M. Romero of The Arizona Republic reports.

Analysis: Green limped off the field on the Cardinals' second possession and was seen with a wrap on his left knee on the sideline. However, he was back out there to begin the team's third drive. Green will look to make his mark in the box score moving forward.

Sep 25, 2022 1:57 PM EST

Hurts left knee Sunday

Green sustained an apparent left knee injury during Sunday's game against the Rams, Jose M. Romero of The Arizona Republic reports.

Analysis: Green seemed to get hurt while running a route in a non-contact fashion, limping to the sideline after a play in the first quarter, according to Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site. His left knee was wrapped on the sideline not long afterward, and if Green is unable to return he'll finish without a catch on his only target.

Sep 25, 2022 1:52 PM EST

Struggles in Week 2

Green caught three passes for 16 yards on seven targets against Las Vegas on Sunday.

Analysis: The Cardinals passing game in general is struggling, but it's still discouraging to see Green post a box score like this in a game where Kyler Murray threw 49 passes. DeAndre Hopkins (suspension) and Rondale Moore (hamstring) will eventually return, and Green just isn't capitalizing in the meantime. The Cardinals face Tennessee in Week 3.

Sep 18, 2022 5:45 PM EST

Meager output in Week 1

Green gathered in two of four targets for 13 yards during Sunday's 44-21 loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: With DeAndre Hopkins serving a six-game suspension to begin the season and Rondale Moore (hamstring) sidelined Week 1, Green had more of an opportunity to make an impact, but he was outpaced by Greg Dortch (7-63-0 on nine targets) and Marquise Brown (4-43-1 on six targets). Brown (62 of 65) and Dortch (59) also had more offensive snaps than Green (48), while Andy Isabella (21) and Andre Baccellia (eight) brought up the rear among the team's available wide receivers. At 34 years old, Green still may have the occasional productive performance, but it's difficult to know when exactly it'll come.

Sep 13, 2022 8:23 PM EST

Sits again Saturday

Green didn't play in Saturday's preseason contest at Tennessee.

Analysis: Unsurprisingly, Green joined quarterback Kyler Murray, running back James Conner, wide receivers DeAndre Hopkins, Marquise Brown and Rondale Moore and tight end Zach Ertz (calf) on the sideline for the entire exhibition slate. With the Cardinals now turning their focus to the regular season, Green has a clear path to passes from Murray along with Brown, Moore and Ertz due to Hopkins' six-game suspension to kick off the campaign. On 92 targets last year, Green notched a 54-848-3 line in 16 games.

Aug 28, 2022 6:49 PM EST

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