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Sunday, November 15, 2009
Updated: November 16, 8:09 PM ET
Bengals' Benson hurts hip vs. Steelers

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Cincinnati Bengals rushing leader Cedric Benson's injury is a hip abductor strain, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported Monday, and his status for this week's game at Oakland could be a game-time decision.

Benson was pulled during the second quarter of Sunday's 18-12 win over Pittsburgh with an unspecified hip injury, returned for one series, then left the game.

A team source told ESPN.com NFL Insider Chris Mortensen on Sunday that Benson has a hip flexor strain.

A source told Mortensen on Sunday that head coach Marvin Lewis is optimistic Benson will be able to play against the Raiders.

Benson was treated at halftime but did not return to the game.

The Enquirer reported that both Lewis and Benson said the injury was not considered serious. The Enquirer said Benson had previously injured his abductor muscle, leading to him being limited in practice last Wednesday.

Benson was replaced by Bernard Scott in the second quarter during a drive in which Cincinnati went three and out, not long after Scott scored on a 96-yard kickoff return. Benson came back for the next series just before halftime. Scott finished with just 33 yards rushing on 13 carries.

Benson had three 100-yard games in his previous four starts and began the game second in the NFL with 837 yards rushing. He had 22 yards on seven carries before leaving.

Information from The Associated Press and ESPN.com NFL Insider Chris Mortensen was used in this report.