From ESPN’s Ben Baby: “A.J. Green was briefly in the locker room today. Still had a boot on his left foot and using the push scooter. Didn’t have an update on his potential return, either.”
Damion Willis will start in place of Green. The team is hoping Green only misses a few weeks, but very little has come out about his status, the story added. The author thinks it's unlikely the team puts Green on IR if a quicker return is in their plans.
Bengals head coach Zac Taylor told undrafted free agent rookie wide receiver Damion Willis to line up as the starting X wide receiver in Sunday’s walk-through. What he didn’t tell him was that meant he was starting the Sept. 8 regular-season opener in Seattle.
“I’m just finding out,” said a dazed Willis before practice. “I’m going to wait to Saturday to celebrate.”
Reports say Willis has been the hottest name in camp all summer so it wasn't a total surprise this news broke. Willis led the team in receiving and also scored a TD in the team's Week 3 preseason game. Willis is starting in place of A.J. Green.
Shanahan kept Dante Pettis in the game late in KC because they still want him to "earn a role on the team."
Pettis is the top WR on our 49ers depth chart. The rookie played at a 64-989-11 pace (on a 99-target pace) over his final six games. He should be a full-time starter and enjoy a QB upgrade in his second season. He’s an intriguing breakout candidate typically available in the seventh round.