The Cincinnati Bengals appear to have avoided the worst-case scenario for A.J. Green.

Coach Marvin Lewis said Monday he didn't believe the wide receiver would be sidelined for the rest of the season with the hamstring injury he suffered Sunday, as originally feared.

Lewis ruled Green out for the upcoming game against the Baltimore Ravens with a hamstring strain rather than a tear, but said he expected the offense's star to return before the end of the season. Lewis added that Green was already moving better than expected.

The five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver was injured on the Bengals' opening drive against the Buffalo Bills and had to be carted to the locker room in Cincinnati's 16-12 loss.

Green ranks second in the NFL with 964 receiving yards so far this season.

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