Rashean Mathis: 'Just doing everything I can do to get ready to try to be 100 percent or close to 100 percent come game day.' (Daniel Mears / Detroit News)
Allen Park -- When the Bengals come to Ford Field Sunday, they'll bring arguably the second-best receiver in the NFL in A.J. Green.
So for the Lions, having No. 2 cornerback Rashean Mathis available would be a big help in stopping the Cincinnati offense.
Mathis (groin) left Sunday's win over the Browns in the second quarter and didn't return, but he said Tuesday he feels good and is moving well.
"Just doing everything I can do to get ready to try to be 100 percent or close to 100 percent come game day," he said. "So treatment, treatment, treatment; rehab, rehab, rehab, and we'll see.
"(Playing is) not my call right now, but right now what I am doing is everything I can do to be ready for that time."
Besides a 23-yard pass interference penalty, rookie Darius Slay played adequately in relief of Mathis, but there's a reason Mathis has been playing ahead of the second-round pick.
The Lions could certainly use a veteran such as Mathis against a team with as many weapons as the Bengals. In addition to Green, wide receiver Mohamed Sanu, running back Gio Bernard and tight ends Tyler Eifert and Jermaine Gresham are all threats in the passing game.
Of course, the 6-foot-4 Green will be the primary focus as he's on pace for his third straight 1,000-yard season. He already has 37 catches for 464 yards and four touchdowns.
"He's one of the best young talents in the league, for sure," Mathis said. "He's able to make plays. He's explosive. (Quarterback Andy) Dalton believes in him. Their (offensive coordinator) believes in him, so they scheme up plays for him."