Bengals’ Marvin Lewis on A.J. Green: ‘He’ll be ready to go’

Credit: Nick Graham

Credit: Nick Graham

Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green, who played only three plays against the Panthers with a groin injury last Sunday, will be “ready to go” when they face the Falcons, coach Marvin Lewis said on Wednesday.

“Well, he’ll be ready to go,” Lewis said in advance of Sunday game at 1 p.m. at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. “It’s his first opportunity to play in the state of Georgia in awhile.”

Green availability will set up the first meeting between Green and Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones in the NFL.

Green didn’t play in the last meeting in 2014, while Jones caught seven passes for 88 yards and a touchdown in a 24-10 loss to the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.

Green, who played at Georgia, and Jones were selected three spots apart -- 4th and 6th -- in the 2011 NFL draft.

“They’re both quiet. They’re guys (who don’t) talk trash,” Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick told on Monday. “They just show up to work, go to work every day. They’re similar as far as when you look at them.”

Kirkpatrick played at Alabama with Jones and has been with Green and the Bengals since 2012.

“To me A.J. is a little more finesse in certain things he does and Julio is a little more physical in certain things he does,” Kirkpatrick said. “But they both have great hands and they both go get the deep ball.”