CINCINNATI - All-Pro receiver A.J. Green suffered a twisted left knee while trying to make a sideline catch during the Cincinnati Bengals' first practice of training camp yesterday, but he was able to walk to the trainer's room for treatment.
CINCINNATI — All-Pro receiver A.J. Green suffered a twisted left knee while trying to make a sideline catch during the Cincinnati Bengals’ first practice of training camp yesterday, but he was able to walk to the trainer’s room for treatment.
Green planted his left foot and twisted the knee while reaching for the ball, which deflected off his upper arm. He landed hard, rolled onto his back and grabbed the knee before putting his hands on the top of his helmet in pain.
He stayed down for a couple of minutes while a trainer examined the knee and a crew filming for HBO’s Hard Knocks show sped to the scene. Green got up, walked about 20 yards, then stopped and grabbed the knee again. Finally, he headed for the locker room without assistance.
The injury occurred during the last half-hour of practice.
“I think he’s fine,” coach Marvin Lewis said. “They went inside just so they can take a look, but I think he’s fine.”
Green, the Bengals’ MVP, was trying to make an over-the-shoulder catch while being guarded by cornerback Terence Newman. Newman lightly pushed Green in the back as he stretched to try for an extraordinary catch.Smith can’t practice
Offensive right tackle Andre Smith was present for the start of camp, but he couldn’t practice because of an injured calf.
Smith signed a three-year contract in April, allowing the Bengals to keep their offensive line intact. He was the only player who missed all of the team’s offseason workouts and a mandatory minicamp — because of a personal issue.
“Hopefully I’ll be back on Sunday,” Smith said. “I missed my team (in the offseason), most definitely, but as I told Marvin, I had some personal things I had to take care of. … Everything is fine. No more hiccups. I’ll be good.”
The coaching staff added things to the playbook in the offseason, and Smith wasn’t around to learn and practice them. He thinks he can catch up quickly.
“I don’t have anything to worry about when it comes to football,” Smith said. “I pick up things really fast.”
His teammates were glad that he showed up for the start of camp so he could start catching up.
“It is important,” quarterback Andy Dalton said. “He wasn’t here for OTAs and minicamp. I don’t know what the timetable is on him, but I’m sure he will be back soon. It will be good for him to be playing football again.”Kilpatrick healthy
Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick was cleared to fully participate in the first practice, which was a big moment for the 2012 first-round draft pick.
Kirkpatrick suffered a left knee injury during workouts last summer, forcing him to miss all of training camp and the first half of the season. It bothered him again at the end of the season, limiting him to five games total.