Dec 27, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins (85) attempts to make a reception against the Houston Texans during the fourth quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals WR Higgins aggravates hamstring, leaves game

Cincinnati rookie receiver Tee Higgins aggravated a hamstring injury on the Bengals’ first possession Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens and is questionable to return, which would cost him the opportunity to set a franchise rookie record for receptions.

Higgins, who was questionable entering the game because of the injury he sustained during a Week 13 loss at Miami, aggravated his hamstring during his 41-yard catch-and-run that was negated because of a penalty.

Higgins, who has played through the injury and made six receptions for 99 yards in a Week 16 win in Houston, needed one reception to break Cris Collinsworth’s team record for most catches in by a rookie receiver. The yardage also would’ve given Higgins the third-most yards by a Bengals rookie in team history, too.

If he doesn’t return, Higgins will end his rookie season with 67 catches for 908 yards and six touchdowns. Collinsworth had 67 catches for 1,009 yards and eight touchdowns in 1981.

The Bengals selected Higgins in the secound round, No. 33 overall, in the 2020 NFL Draft.

–Field Level Media

Sep 17, 2020; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) just misses a pass as Cleveland Browns free safety Karl Joseph (42) defends during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Struggling WR Green wants to remain with Bengals

Seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green has spent his entire NFL career with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Green, 32, said Thursday he’d like to remain with the club as opposed to be swapped prior to the trade deadline on Nov. 3.

“I think we’re building something special here and I just want to be a part of the team and help us win,” Green said of the Bengals (1-3-1), who visit the Indianapolis Colts (3-2) on Sunday.

Green has struggled in his return from missing all of last season due to an ankle injury. He has 14 receptions for 119 yards in five games, including one catch for three yards over his last two.

By comparison, Tyler Boyd leads the team in receptions (32) and receiving yards (362) while rookie Tee Higgins has a club-best two touchdown catches. Higgins also has 16 receptions for 214 yards.

Green has 616 receptions for 9,026 yards with 63 touchdowns in 116 career games since the Bengals selected him with the fourth overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft. His touchdown total is four shy of Chad Johnson’s franchise mark.

–Field Level Media