Tough day for Green

Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) catches a 36-yard touchdown pass under pressure from...

Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) catches a 36-yard touchdown pass under pressure from Steelers' Troy Polamalu (43) and Ryan Clark on Sunday. (REUTERS/John Sommers II)

Mike Rutsey, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:00 PM ET

Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green came into the game as Andy Dalton’s go-to receiver.

The rookie from the University of Georgia was their leading receiver with 40 receptions, five of them for touchdowns.

In the closing minutes of the opening quarter, Green pulled in a 36-yard Dalton pass in the end zone, out-jumping two Steelers defenders for the first Cincinnati touchdown.

But when he came down and hit the ground, Green injured his right knee and was a spectator in the second half, taking away one of the Bengals major weapons.

“I just came down straight-legged and my knee buckled,” Green said of the TD catch.

He missed the next series and played part of the second quarter but during the half he knew his day was over.

“I think at halftime when I came in and sat down,” Green said of when he knew he was done. “It got real stiff. I couldn’t really get any movement.”

Although it may have played a pivotal part, the Bengals didn’t use his injury as an excuse.

“I mean A.J.’s a great player but that’s how football is,” Dalton said. “One guys goes down, the next guy steps up. It would be nice to have him but it’s no excuse there. It’s what we had to do.”

 


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