Bengals A.J. Green says he won’t play if baby born on game day

Wide receiver A.J. Green missed practice Thursday to take his pregnant wife Miranda to a doctor’s appointment, but he could miss something more important depending on the arrival of his son, Easton Ace Green.

Miranda is due to have the couple’s first child Sept. 30, one day after the Bengals play the Miami Dolphins in a nationally televised Thursday night game. Green said if his son is born the day of the game, he won’t play.

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“I can’t (play). It’s the first kid,” Green said. “I want to be there.”

Green said he’s hoping Miranda is at a point where she can be induced sometime during the week leading up to the game or possibly the day before.

Asked what the ideal date would be, Green said, “not a game day. Anything before a game day would be good.”

Role call: The rehab field was a busy place again during the portion of practice open to the media, with tight ends Tyler Eifert and Tyler Kroft, linebacker Vontaze Burfict, cornerback Darqueze Dennard, wide receiver Mario Alford and offensive lineman Alex Redmond doing side work.

Tackles Cedric Ogbuehi and Jake Fisher were riding stationary bikes during the open period.

Unlike the others, Burfict is not recovering from an injury. It’s just that with the Bengals game-planning for the opener against the New York Jets, it doesn’t make sense to have Burfict, who is suspended for the first three games, taking reps away from linebackers expected to play.

Rare affair: Sunday night's game in Jacksonville will mark the first between the Bengals and Jaguars in the preseason.

After this weekend, there will be only four franchises the Bengals have never faced in the preseason — the Ravens, Chargers, Raiders and 49ers.

The preseason wraps up next Thursday with a home game against a far more common opponent in the Colts. Since 1992, the Bengals and Colts have met in the preseason every year except 2000.

Primetime preseason: Sunday's game will air nationally on NBC, marking the fifth consecutive year the Bengals have played a preseason primetime game and the 11th time since Marvin Lewis became coach in 2003.

“It’s good for the team to have this experience in the preseason,” Lewis said. “The atmosphere is a little different for a national game. We’ll have our share in the regular season, and it’s all a part of getting prepared for that.”

The Bengals are 7-3 in preseason primetime games under Lewis, winning four of the last five.

Special guests: There were two football teams on the practice field at Paul Brown Stadium on Thursday, but it wasn't another joint practice.

The St. John Bosco (Calif.) High School players and coaches were special guests of the Bengals ahead of the team’s nationally televised game against St. Xavier on Saturday night at Nippert Stadium.

Located in Bellflower, Calif., Don Bosco is ranked No. 9 in the country by Max Preps.

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