CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals decided to keep injured receiver A.J. Green on the active roster to open the season Andre Tippett Jerseys Stitched , hoping he can return from ankle surgery in less than eight weeks.Green hurt his left ankle during the first training camp practice and had surgery, the second consecutive season he’s been slowed by a significant injury. Coach Zac Taylor said the receiver is making progress and the Bengals are willing to keep him on the active roster so he can return as soon as he’s cleared medically.If the Bengals had placed him on injured reserve — opening a spot on the active roster — Green would have been forced to miss the first eight weeks of the season.“We’re hopeful,” Taylor said. “Right now, everything is on schedule and we intend on him coming back the first half of the season.”Green hurt the ankle during the opening practice of camp in Dayton, landing awkwardly after cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick bumped into the star receiver while breaking up a pass. He had surgery a few days later. Green also missed half of last season with an injured right toe that required surgery, but he was fully healed by the start of camp.As part of their moves to reach the 53-man roster limit Saturday, the Bengals put cornerback Darqueze Dennard on an injury list that will sideline him for at least six weeks. He had arthroscopic knee surgery in March and missed the preseason.The 2014 first-round pick is Cincinnati’s top slot cornerback. He was fourth on the team with 67 tackles last season, and he chose to stay on a one-year deal rather than become a free agent.Quarterback Jeff Driskel, who was Andy Dalton’s backup last season, went on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. Fourth-round pick Ryan Finley won the No. 2 job during the preseason. Undrafted Jake Dolegala from Central Connecticut State also made the roster. Dolegala was 27 of 41 for 253 yards in the final preseason game against the Colts. Ghosts, unnerving turnovers and an ugly loss.That was the New York Jets in a nutshell Monday night as they were embarrassed 33-0 by the New England Patriots in front of a prime-time TV audience.Bill Belichick dialed up so many blitzes, the Patriots' defense had quarterback Sam Darnold "seeing ghosts" — completely throwing him off his game and forcing him into crucial errors in the worst game of his young career."I didn't play well," Darnold said after the game. "I can play a lot better."Well Youth Tedy Bruschi Jerseys , he never played worse.He was 11 of 32 for 86 yards with four interceptions and a dismal 3.6 quarterback rating. Darnold also lost a fumble on a sack and later batted a ball out of the back of the end zone for a safety.Darnold got social media buzzing with his "ghosts" comment while wearing a microphone for ESPN's broadcast. Coach Adam Gase said Tuesday the Jets were angry about that being aired, but it just capped a brutally bad night for a team that was coming off its first win and full of optimism.To add injury to insult, Darnold injured a toe during the game and Gase said the quarterback had a toenail removed."It's a game where it's very painful and frustrating to go through," Gase said. "You have to take as much as you can as far as learning from mistakes made, learn from the experience and put yourself in a position to where that doesn't happen again."At 1-5, the Jets are in trouble.Gase is taking heat for his playcalling. Darnold is being ridiculed for his comment and regression after being selected AFC offensive player of the week. And, fans are wondering when they'll see a playoff-caliber team again."There are still a lot of games left to play," defensive lineman Leonard Williams said. "Anything can happen. The most important thing is to just keep playing together and keep working. It's bad to just give up, and I definitely don't see that in anybody on this team."That doesn't mean the Jets are having an easy time dealing with the losses. That was particularly the case Monday night with New York getting a bit healthier with linebacker C.J. Mosley back from a groin injury that kept him sidelined since he was hurt in the season opener.The defense still couldn't stop Tom Brady, who marched the Patriots down the field on a 16-play, 78-yard touchdown drive that are up nearly nine minutes to start the game."It's very frustrating," safety Jamal Adams said of the losing. "Been here for three years. At the end of the day, we've got to continue to grind. It's all we can do."The Jets' struggles on offense continued Tedy Bruschi Jerseys Stitched , despite Darnold coming off his terrific performance against Dallas. New York ranks 32nd — dead last — in the NFL in total offense and passing offense. The running game is only slightly better, coming in at 30th through seven weeks of the season."What we put on the field is on me and it wasn't good enough," Gase said. "Obviously, I haven't found the formula yet to make us anything close to consistent."WHAT'S WORKINGGase and his staff — overtime on the game plan for Sunday's game at Jacksonville."The biggest thing we have to find a way to do," Gase said, "is make our gamedays look like what our practices look like."WHAT NEEDS HELPYou name it.No, really.OK, here's one: The Jets' beleaguered offensive line allowed the Patriots' blitzing defense to harass Darnold all night."They brought everyone on their pressures and they show it to you, they don't disguise it," Gase said. "They just say, 'Here, we're coming, good luck blocking it Youth Steve Grogan Jerseys , good luck setting it up right.' And once we mis-executed the first one, it opened the flood gates up."STOCK UPRunning back Le'Veon Bell. Despite the overall struggles on offense, the running back had his best game for the Jets. It was hardly an eye-popping total, but Bell ran for a season-high 70 yards on 15 carries — good for 4.7 yards per carry. He came in averaging 3.0 yards, so it could be a sign Bell is starting to get going.STOCK DOWNDarnold. He had one of the most drastic swings in performance from one game to the next you'll see in a while."I have a lot of confidence in Sam bouncing back from this," Gase insisted.INJUREDCenter Ryan Kalil is dealing with elbow and shoulder ailments that could keep him out a day or two of practice. ... Mosley has what Gase said is "some soreness right now" in his groin. The team will "keep a close eye on him." ... There's hope tight end Chris Herndon (hamstring) could practice this week. ... Running back/kick returner Trenton Cannon is having another MRI on his foot. "We're trying to really figure out what's going on with him," Gase said.KEY NUMBER3.6 — Darnold's dismal passer rating, which was the lowest in the NFL since Vince Ferragamo's 2.8 for the Rams in 1984 — also in a Monday night game — in a 20-13 loss to Dallas, according to Pro Football Reference. Ferragamo was 11 of 33 for 84 yards and four interceptions.NEXT STEPSThe Jets need to flush the loss to the Patriots quickly because they've got a short week to prepare to fly to Jacksonville to take on the Gardner Minshew and the Jaguars on Sunday."We have to go back to the drawing board," Bell said, "and get better, period."
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