The first serious injury to the training camp belongs to Bengals WR A.J. Green. The seven-time professional bowler landed awkwardly on Saturday trying to catch 7-on-7 practice and had to be dragged off the field. He has left the building on crutches, and while the Bengals are confident that it is just a sprained ankle, Green will have an MRI performed. You could condemn it to misfortune or a centuries-old curse. Your choice.
The very first open training session of the summer did not take place on the usual practice grounds next to the Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. It was held in Dayton as part of the NFL's 100th anniversary celebrations, as Dayton was one of the NFL's 13 original cities and the site of the first ever NFL game. A charming, venerable reason to spend a camp day there, but unfortunately the lawn for Green does not exactly meet modern NFL standards.
According to Sports Illustrated, there were questions about the quality of the field even before Green was injured.
[A] After working there for an hour on Saturday, some Bengals employees were frustrated that Green had been injured in a field they considered to be below average. One mentioned that during a camp training that was shorter than usual, players slipped everywhere. Once again we saw pebbles in the lawn.
The training took place at the Welcome Stadium, home of the University of Dayton football team. That was not originally the plan. The Dayton Triangles vs. Columbus Panhandles on October 3, 1920 are considered by many to be the first NFL game, and this site is now a public park, Triangle Park, which offers baseball and football facilities. The NFL wanted to build a turf field on the site where this Bengals practice would take place, but local groups protested the plan because Triangle Park may have two separate Native American burial grounds. After the city had measured the planned area of the football field with ground radar, she broke off the plans.
And so the Bengals practice was transferred to the university and its questionable area, so Green went under. A direct line of causality, which, even if you are mystical, makes a great contribution to explaining why the Bengalis are the way they are.