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Friday, September 16, 2011
Encore might be easier for A.J. Green

By Jamison Hensley

Bengals rookie wide receiver A.J. Green set a high standard when he caught the 41-yard, game-winning touchdown against the Browns. It was the longest fourth-quarter game-winner in NFL history by a rookie in his team's first game (it broke the mark set by Cobb Rooney of the Duluth Kelleys in 1924).

While Green was helped on the play by Cleveland's defensive breakdown, the fourth overall pick of the 2011 draft could also catch a break for his encore. Denver's Champ Bailey, a 10-time Pro Bowl cornerback, missed his third straight practice Friday with a hamstring injury. He would have to be considered questionable at best and would be at less than full strength if he lines up against Green.

Bailey's absence would force Cassius Vaughn into the starting lineup. Vaughn hasn't started a game or broken up a pass in two NFL seasons.