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If things don’t change soon for the Bengals, Andy Dalton might have to throw passes to himself during the first few weeks of the regular season.

When Dalton takes the field for the Bengals’ Week 3 game against the Broncos, there’s a chance the he’ll be missing four out of his five top receivers from 2015. Of course, two of those are no surprise: Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu both signed with other teams during the offseason.

Dalton will also likely be missing tight end Tyler Eifert, who’s not expected to return until Week 4 at the earliest after suffering an ankle injury during the Pro Bowl in January.

If that’s not bad enough, Dalton could also be missing A.J. Green, but not because of an injury.

Green’s wife, Miranda, is currently pregnant with the couple’s first child. The newborn is due at the end of September, and well, if Green has to pick between playing for the Bengals or being at the birth of his child, he’s already made his decision.

“I can’t play,” Green told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “First one, definitely. I want to be [at the birth].”

The Bengals might not have A.J. Green for one of their September games.

Due to a Thursday night game in Week 4, the Bengals have three games between Sept. 18 and 29, which means there’s three chances for Green to miss a game. The Bengals’ Week 2 game against the Steelers would probably be the most difficult scenario for Green. That game’s on the road, which would make it almost impossible for Green to be at the game if his baby is born on game day.

That being said, both of the Bengals’ next two games after that (Broncos, Dolphins), are at home, which means Green could possibly be at both the game and his child’s birth.

For now, the receiver just has one request for his kid, “Just not a game day,” Green said. “Anything before a game day would be ideal.”


Source: CBS Sports Headlines / A.J. Green says he might have to skip a Bengals regular-season game