Since returning to practice on Aug. 14 A.J. Green has looked like he barely missed a step after missing two weeks due to a bruised knee.

In his first preseason action on Saturday Green got some game action in and finished with 3 receptions for 42 yards.

“I felt good out there. It was good to get back and get my wind back” Green said. “I was a little tired out there at the beginning. Once the second half came I got my second wind and I felt good out there again.”

Green got involved early. He caught the first pass on a little slant for a 9-yard completion on the second offensive play. His best play was a 26-yard reception off play action during the third quarter to move the Bengals into the red zone.

Later in the drive Green appeared as if he got a touchdown after outmuscling Cowboys corner Micah Pellerin in the right corner of the end zone but the official ruled that Green had one foot out of bounds. On replays it appeared as if Lewis could have challenged the call. That later resulted in a Quinn Sharp 28-yard field goal to bring the Bengals within 14-10.

Said Green of the play: “I thought I did but it was toe-heel. It all can’t be in one motion. I need to work on just getting the toe down and just falling out of bounds.”

Dalton was happy to have Green back but also noted of his performance that it is what he expects. The first offense is likely only to get a series or two of work in Thursday’s preseason finale against Indianapolis.