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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, September 12, 2019 1:00 am

NFL notebook

Injured Bengals' receiver running as rehab ramps up

Associated Press

CINCINNATI – Bengals receiver A.J. Green has started running for the first time since he hurt his ankle during the opening practice of training camp, an indication he's healing quickly from surgery.

Green was out of his protective boot Wednesday for the first time since the injury. The Bengals expect him back during the first half of the season, although there's no specific target for his return.

The Bengals lost their opener in Seattle 21-20 on Sunday with Green watching from the sideline.

Green's injury was a significant setback to the offense in its first year under new head coach Zac Taylor. They decided to keep him on the active roster rather than put him on an injury list, allowing him to return when ready.

Extra points

Oakland rookie safety Johnathan Abram (shoulder) will be placed on injured reserve. ... Los Angeles Chargers tight end Hunter Henry (knee) will be placed on injured reserve. A timeframe for his return has not been determined. ... New England signed free agent offensive lineman Marshall Newhouse. ... New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (neck) will be sidelined the rest of the season. ... Sam Davis, the guard who helped Pittsburgh win four Super Bowls in the 1970s, has died. He was 75. Davis played 168 games with the Steelers from 1967-79 and started in all four of the team's' Super Bowl victories in the 1970s. ... Former Arkansas, Michigan and NFL quarterback Ryan Mallett has been arrested in northwest Arkansas for suspicion of driving while intoxicated. ... Rookie defensive end Nick Bosa did not practice as San Francisco began three days of workouts at Youngstown State. ... The girlfriend of Browns defensive end Chris Smith was killed in a roadside accident that happened after his car spun out on the highway. The team said Petara Cordero, died when she was struck by an oncoming car on I-90 West at around 2 a.m. Wednesday. Cordero was a passenger in Smith's Lamborghini, which had a tire malfunction and he struck the median wall.