A.J. Green ruled out for Bengals' season finale
For the first time in his six-year NFL career, A.J. Green will not reach 1,000 receiving yards.
The Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver has been ruled out for Sunday's regular-season finale against the visiting Baltimore Ravens, coach Marvin Lewis announced on Wednesday.
Green suffered a Grade 2 hamstring tear in the Bengals' Week 11 loss to the Buffalo Bills and has been sidelined since.
He was a limited participant in practice last week, but maintained he would be able to play in Week 16 against the Houston Texans. The team, however, was not as optimistic about Green's outlook and ruled him out. The decision reportedly did not set well with the pass catcher.
"I'm not the type of guy to try to just shut it down, just to bail on my team because we're not having the season we wanted to have," Green said last week.
"That's like a cowardly move to me. If I'm healthy, I'm going to play. And I feel like I'm healthy."
Green, 28, will finish this season with 66 catches for 964 yards and four touchdowns through nine games.