It has been a disastrous start for the Cincinnati Bengals in their week 11 game against the Buffalo Bills as they may have lost one of their key offensive players to an injury.
Entering the game, the Bengals were desperate for a win in this game to close the gap on their rivals in the AFC North and stay in the playoff hunt. They’re currently two wins behind the division leaders the Baltimore Ravens.
They really can’t afford to have a big offensive player out of their line up, but that might just be the case.
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On only the second play, Bengals wide receiver AJ Green suffered a hamstring injury, and he has been ruled out for the rest of the game.
The five-time Pro Bowler picked up the injury during an incomplete pass from quarterback Andy Dalton on a second-and-15. Green went down holding onto his right hamstring after he collided with Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore. He was then carted off the field.
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This is a huge loss for the Bengals as they have lost a key component of their offense. They’ll be hoping that he doesn’t miss any more game time as they still have a chance of making the playoffs.
Prior to today’s game, Green had caught 66 passes for 964 yards – ranked second in the league for receiving yards - and four touchdowns. According to NFL.com: “When Green has 100 or more yards in a single game, the Bengals are 3-0-1. If he's held to less than the century mark the club is 0-5.”
If he is out for a considerable amount of time, Cincinnati might be kissing their postseason hopes goodbye, as the win difference between them and the Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers could be too great for them to claw back from.