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Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green ruled out vs. Baltimore Ravens

By Jeff Wallner, The Sports Xchange
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) fights to break free from Cleveland Browns Jamar Taylor (21) during the first half of play at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio, October 23, 2016. Photo by John Sommers II/UPI
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CINCINNATI -- A.J. Green's season is over.
Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis confirmed Wednesday that the six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver will not play in Sunday's regular-season finale against the Baltimore Ravens.
"He will not play this week," Lewis said.
Green has missed five straight games with a hamstring injury suffered during the first series on Nov. 20 versus Buffalo. He practiced on a limited basis but was not cleared to play the past two weeks.
Green made the trip to Houston for last Sunday's game before being sent home after the coaching staff met with team medical personnel. Green indicated earlier last week that he expected to play against the Texans.
As of Wednesday, Green had not been placed on the injured list, but Lewis said that was more of a formality and that he could be moved to IR later this week.
Green will finish the season with 66 catches for 964 yards and four touchdowns. He'll fall 36 yards short of reaching 1,000 yards for his first six seasons, and would have joined Randy Moss as the only NFL players to accomplish that feat.
At the time of the injury that was first described as a strain but later a slight tear, Green led all AFC receivers by 121 yards and ranked second in catches. He was named to his sixth Pro Bowl earlier this month but his playing status for that game is not certain.
Since Green's injury, Cincinnati has lost four of six to fall out of playoff contention.
Despite seeing his team eliminated with two weeks remaining in the season, Green said he would come back and play if healthy.
"A.J. is obviously the type of person that was going to do everything he could to get back for this team," Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton said. "I think it's one thing that he said from the beginning is regardless of the scenario, (he's) going to do everything he can to come back and play this year. That's just the type of guy he is."

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