CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Bengals received the encouraging news Monday that five-time Pro Bowl receiver A.J. Green has a strained -- not torn -- right hamstring. Green will miss Sunday's game at Baltimore but his status for the remainder of the season is week to week.
"For sure we'll be without him this week," head coach Marvin Lewis said Monday. "Just have to see how he recovers."
Multiple media outlets reported Sunday night that Green had sustained a tear in his hamstring and could miss an extended period of time, or possibly the rest of the season. Lewis confirmed Monday that's not the case.
Green injured his right hamstring on the first offensive series in Sunday's 16-12 loss to the Buffalo Bills at Paul Brown Stadium while attempting to make a catch along the sideline. He limped off the field before being carted to the locker room and didn't return.
"Until you get the scans, you're not 100% either way," Lewis said. "If there was any positive news, it would be that. He's moving around today, better than expected."
Through nine games, Green has 66 catches for 964 yards and four touchdowns. He needs just 36 receiving yards to join Randy Moss as the only players in NFL history with 1,000 or more receiving yards in each of his first six seasons.
"You never want to lose a guy like that," said quarterback Andy Dalton on Sunday. "He's the best receiver in the league, so when you lose him, it hurts you, but the next guys have to step up and find a way to get the job done."
With Green sidelined, rookie Tyler Boyd caught six passes for 54 yards, including his first career TD, on Sunday. Boyd's production will be counted on while Green recovers.
The news wasn't all positive on Monday with confirmation that running back Giovani Bernard did suffer a torn ACL with less than one minute left in Sunday's game. He is out for the season.
"He's looking at his options now," said Lewis. "He'll likely have surgery."
The injuries to Green and Bernard make the Bengals' already desperate situation far more daunting. Cincinnati (3-6-1) trails Baltimore and Pittsburgh by 1 1/2 games in the AFC North standings.
The Bengals still have three games remaining against AFC North rivals, one with the Steelers and two with the Ravens. But it would take a monumental effort to reach the playoffs without Green or Bernard, who've amassed more than 1,700 yards of offense. The onus remains on Cincinnati to play better on both sides of the ball.
"We need to continue to make plays and take advantage of our opportunities," said Lewis. "or we will be out of it."