Green helps Ben­gals to 22-7 win

Baltimore Sun - - RAVENS WEEKEND -

Ben­gals re­ceiver A.J. Green fol­lowed his dis­ap­point­ing game with a dom­i­nat­ing one — 10 catches for 173 yards and a touch­down — and a Cincin­nati de­fense that was in­spired by Von­taze Bur­fict’s re­turn clamped down on the Mi­ami Dol­phins for a 22-7 victory Thurs­day night.

The Ben­gals (3-1) re­bounded from a 29-17 home loss to the Den­ver Bron­cos on Sun­day with a solid all-around game against a de­pleted team.

Green led the way, beat­ing the Dol­phins (1-3) on ev­ery type of route, and eas­ing the sting of drop­ping a piv­otal third-down pass and fail­ing to make an im­pact against the Bron­cos.

Dur­ing the first three quar­ters, Green had 166 yards on catches while Mi­ami had 152 to­tal yards. The Ben­gals’ sea­son­long prob­lem of stalling out near the goal line forced them to set­tle for Mike Nu­gent’s sea­son-high five field goals.

The Dol­phins were miss­ing four start­ing of­fen­sive line­men, two lineback­ers, run­ning back Arian Fos­ter and tight end Jor­dan Cameron. They had one big play — Ryan Tan­nehill threw a 74-yard touch­down pass to Kenny Stills — but couldn’t do any­thing else on of­fense.

The Ben­gals de­fense ex­pected to get a lift from Bur­fict’s re­turn. The volatile linebacker was sus­pended by the NFL for the first three games be­cause of his il­le­gal hits. He got a loud ova­tion when he ran onto the field dur­ing in­tro­duc­tions wear­ing a base­ball cap. Bur­fict knocked down a pass and had three tack­les. Re­hab for Gor­don: Josh Gor­don isn’t go­ing back onto the field un­til he gets a tighter grip on his life.

The sus­pended Browns wide re­ceiver said Thurs­day he’s en­ter­ing re­hab and putting his ca­reer on hold.

Gor­don was el­i­gi­ble to re­turn from his lat­est fourgame sus­pen­sion next week and pos­si­bly play Oct. 9 against the Pa­tri­ots.

How­ever, the trou­bled 25-year-old’s future is again un­cer­tain af­ter he chose to seek pro­fes­sional help.

Gor­don, who has been sus­pended for 30 of Cleve­land’s past 35 games, did not in­di­cate why he’s seek­ing treat­ment. Ste­wart out again: Pan­thers coach Ron Rivera said run­ning back Jonathan Ste­wart will miss his sec­ond straight game with a ham­string in­jury. Cameron Ar­tis-Payne will start at run­ning back, and Fozzy Whit­taker will be used as a change-of-pace back. Watt has surgery: A per­son fa­mil­iar with J.J. Watt’s con­di­tion says the Tex­ans’ star de­fen­sive line­man had back surgery Thurs­day and it is ex­pected to miss the rest of the sea­son.

The per­son spoke to the As­so­ci­ated Press on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the team hasn’t an­nounced the surgery. Ex­tra points: Cow­boys de­fen­sive end Randy Gregory was of­fi­cially sus­pended 10 games for vi­o­lat­ing the league’s sub­stance-abuse pol­icy. He dropped a sus­pen­sion ap­peal two weeks ago. … Sea­hawks quar­ter­back Russell Wil­son (knee) said he “feels great” and that there is no doubt he will play Sun­day. … Bears quar­ter­back Jay Cut­ler (right thumb sprain) did not prac­tice af­ter be­ing lim­ited Wed­nes­day.

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