Ravens set to Face Cincinnati’s A.J. Green for the first time Sunday


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Cincinnati Bengals rookie wide receiver A.J. Green continues to battle a shoulder injury, but he isn’t expected to miss Sunday’s regular-season finale at Paul Brown Stadium against the Ravens.

Green, 23, didn’t play against Baltimore in their 31-24 victory over the Bengals on Nov. 20, but the Ravens are wary of the challenge he will pose.

Green, the No. 4 overall pick in this year’s draft, leads all rookies with 63 receptions and 1,031 yards, and his seven touchdown catches are tied with Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith for the most among rookies this season.

“He’s a monster, man. We have to know where he is every play on the field,” cornerback Lardarius Webb said, via The Baltimore Sun. “He’s developed a lot this season like no other wide receiver I’ve seen other than our own Torrey Smith. So we will have to know where he is at all times.”

Green will present the biggest challenge for the Ravens’ suspect secondary because of his big-play ability. The 2011 Pro Bowl selection has had seven receptions of 40-plus yards this season and 19 receptions of 20-plus yards.

For the season, Green is averaging an impressive 16.4 yards per catch.