“It’s awful no matter who it is,” offensive coordinator Jay Gruden said. “When it’s A.J., it kind of takes the wind out of everybody. It was silent there for a few seconds.”
Green said he won’t change his all-out style in practice when he returns. He’s known for making amazing catches during practice, setting an example for the younger receivers.
“That’s how I’m programmed,” Green said. “That’s what I know.”
“He made one catch this spring (during workouts) that was the most incredible catch I’ve ever seen,” Lewis said. “He stretched out for the ball, put his left hand down, rolled and came up on his feet. And he was about parallel with the ground, a foot above the ground. So he’s kind of put together that way.”
Earlier in that same practice on Thursday, Green and cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick slipped at the end of the field and fell hard while contesting a pass in the end zone. Lewis said there was nothing wrong with the field, which the team uses for workouts during the season.
“I don’t have any concerns,” Lewis said. “It’s part of football. We just have to try and stay on our feet as best we can.”
NOTES: The Bengals will wear shoulder pads for practice for the first time on Saturday, then work out in full pads on Sunday and Monday. … The Bengals severely restricted photographers’ access to the practice field on Friday, limiting them to two spots well beyond the back of the end zones and one designated row of the bleachers. Fans with cellphones and cameras were free to roam the sideline and take photos and video. The club relented and changed the policy after 45 minutes, giving the media equal access. … LB James Harrison dropped in coverage and broke up a pass during the workout, drawing a loud cheer.
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