Bengals lose CB Hall for season; Green injures knee

It wasn't the best of days for the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

Not only did they lose to the Pittsburgh Steelers to fall out of a tie with Baltimore for the AFC North lead (the Ravens also lost, thrusting Pittsburgh back into first place), but the Bengals also lost their best cornerback for the season. Leon Hall suffered a torn Achilles in Cincinnati's 24-17 loss. Also, the Bengals played the second half Sunday without star rookie receiver A.J. Green, who hurt his knee.

The Bengals had just extended Hall's contract at the start of the season, figuring him to be one of the cornerstones they are rebuilding the franchise around. With Hall out, the Bengals used Kelly Jennings to replace him, though that spot could go to Adam "Pacman" Jones, once he returns from a hamstring injury that has left him out the past two games.

As for Green, his knee stiffened up after he hyperextended it on a touchdown catch in the first half. Green tried to ride the stationary bike to get the knee to loosen up, but to no avail.

“I think it will be fine. It doesn’t feel too bad, just a little stiff. I feel like I’ll be back next week,” Green told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “After halftime it got stiff. I got on the bike and it didn’t feel the same.”

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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com

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