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A.J. Green expects to play more Thursday

CINCINNATI -- Pro Bowl receiver A.J. Green, who played in a limited capacity for the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday afternoon, plans to get more playing time Thursday night when the Cleveland Browns come to Paul Brown Stadium.

"I'll play much more snaps Thursday, and we'll see how it goes," Green said following Sunday's 33-23 win against Jacksonville.

Green normally plays just about every offensive snap for the Bengals. But on the field for the first time in about a month, returning from a nagging toe injury that has caused him problems in recent weeks, he spent a large chunk of Sunday's game on the sideline.

Official snap counts for the game will be available Monday morning.

Green finished with three catches for 44 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown reception. He was targeted six times.

He said he was shelved most of the afternoon because of the short turnaround with the Thursday night game, and because coaches wanted to ease him back into the flow of playing. Green said he could see where he was a little rusty following the layoff. At times, he and quarterback Andy Dalton were a little off and out of sync.

"I felt a little rusty at the beginning," Green said. "I didn't feel as crisp coming out of my breaks like I usually do. It's a work in progress. I did miss four weeks."

It hasn't helped matters that he was limited in practices all last week, not running at full speed.

"That really messed up the timing with Andy," Green said.

Otherwise, Green felt good about his day. He had returned after missing the last three games following an aggravation of a toe injury during the Bengals' practice Oct. 8. That afternoon, he couldn't make it past the stretching period before needing to get carted back into the training room for evaluation. Doctors prescribed rest for the next few weeks, and informed him he would be playing with the injury the rest of the season.

"Felt good. No pain in the foot," he said.