Game-Day Decision: MRI Shows A.J. Green Suffered Hyper Extension (Bone Bruise) But Feeling Better

CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 13: A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals makes a 36-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter over Ryan Clark #25 and Troy Polamalu #43 of the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium on November 13, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

With 24 seconds remaining in the first quarter, A.J. Green lined up wide left inches off the line of scrimmage, Pittsburgh's 36-yard line, on second and eight. Andy Dalton scrambles out of the pocket after taking the snap, setting his feet and unleashing the football downfield. Green settles under the throw, splitting two Steelers defenders, easily grasping the football. His right leg landed with the knee locked out, straightening his leg, causing him to go down momentarily. Though he played several snaps after the 36-yard touchdown reception, the knee kept tightening and he eventually left the game.

According to A.J. Green, an MRI showed a hyper extension (lower bone bruise) but no ligament damage.

"When I watched it the one time I wondered ‘oh my gosh, how did I not tear any ligaments?’," said Green about the play. "Just a blessing and happy where I am. If it takes one game to sit out it’s better than sitting out the season.

"I feel pretty good. It’s just a little stiff and I’m taking it day by day and resting it. We’ll see how it goes through the whole week."

Green will be a game-day decision, based on how quickly he recovers and how much he's able to practice this week.

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