While you can’t blame a man for wanting to putting family ahead of career, the star wide receiver’s absence would be costly to Bengals. Should it come to that.
A.J. Green surely knows his child’s due date, and he hasn’t indicated it would be a conflict with Cincinnati’s regular season schedule. Of course, a child’s arrival can be unpredictable too, so there’s no way Green can say for sure it wouldn’t fall on a gameday.
Not his problem. As Green alerted Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer, the five-time Pro Bowler absolutely will skip a game to be with his wife for the birth of their first child. That’s about a month away, which for instance exactly one month away from today would be September 25 against the defending champion Broncos. One week earlier, and it’s a road game against the division rival Steelers. Even one week later, the Dolphins are a conference opponent.
A loss while the offense was shorthanded without Green could be a huge blow. Even the difference between getting in the playoffs or not, particularly in a tough AFC North where the Steelers are the favorites, the Ravens should be on the rebound and the Browns could surprise.
It’s a touchy subject, and again, it’s difficult to be critical of a man who’s there for his family and for one of if not the biggest event of his entire life. Still, it’s also impossible to ignore the possible repercussions to the Bengals if they had to go out their biggest weapon in a vital conference matchup.
Nonetheless, Green appears to have already made up his mind. The Bengals will just have to cross that bridge if and when they come to it.