The Cincinnati Bengals star wide receiver ditched the walking boot on his left foot. Green walked around the Bengals locker room on Wednesday sporting black flip flops and socks. He spoke to the media for the first time since sustaining ligament damage to his left ankle.

"I didn't feel anything walking, they said I could take it off. I took it off today. This is my first time actually walking around and working out without the boot on and it feels good. Really no pain, just stiff being in that boot the whole time," Green explained. "Just getting my range of motion back, that's the biggest thing. But really no pain."

On Tuesday, Green ran for the first time since undergoing a procedure on his left foot in late July. He categorized himself as ahead of schedule.

"Oh, yeah. Of course. I'm way ahead of schedule to where a normal person would be. I'm only six weeks out and I'm already walking," Green said. "You never know what the next two weeks or three weeks are going to bring to where I can start back putting on shoes and actually running and doing some on the field stuff. You never know."

Green was injured on the very first day of training camp at Welcome Stadium in Dayton, Ohio on July 27. The wide receiver landed awkwardly on his left ankle after going airborne for a football on a go-route during 7-on-7 drills.

Field conditions at Welcome Stadium were under scrutiny following Green's injury. Green was coy when he spoke about the stadium's maligned turf surface.

"It's turf. I hate turf," Green said. "I feel like turf has always hurt me. I hurt my toe on turf and I hurt my ankle. I never got hurt on grass. So I'm going to stick by that."

The initial prognosis was that Green would be sidelined for six to eight weeks. Bengals coach Zac Taylor said the seven-time Pro Bowler would miss "a few" regular season games during training camp. Taylor remained committed to not putting a concrete timeline on Green's playing status.

"(Green) is making the progress that we expected him to make," Taylor said on Wednesday. "I'm still not gonna put a timetable on it, but I'm still encouraged by the progress he's made every single day."

The Bengals are confident that Green will take Cincinnati's offense to higher heights once he returns to action. Quarterback Andy Dalton passed for a career-high 418 passing yards without the team's best wideout in Week 1 and John Ross totaled a career-best 158 receiving yards.

Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd had a buoyant response when asked how Green would affect the squad's aerial attack and simultaneously took a not-so-subtle shot at the Cleveland Browns.

"When I see (John Ross) go out there and ball out and I did what I have to do to continue to move the sticks and once we get A.J. back, man, ain't no talking about the Browns no more," Boyd said.

Green's compiled 602 receptions, 8,907 receiving yards and 63 touchdowns in his career. He's second on the Bengals all-time list to Chad Johnson in catches, receiving yards and touchdown grabs.

Injuries have become problematic for Green in two of the last three years. The receiver was limited to just nine games last season due to a right toe injury and 10 games in 2016 because of a hamstring tear.

The ninth-year receiver would undoubtedly be a major boon for Taylor and the Bengals offense. Additionally, Green has added incentive to be back on the field and perform well. He's on the final year of his contract. The Bengals and Green were far apart on negotiations prior to his injury. If Green bounces back and lights it up, Bengals brass will be impelled to give the 31-year-old wideout the lucrative contract he desires.

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