CINCINNATI (AP) _ Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Corey Sawyer will be out at least eight weeks after undergoing surgery Tuesday to repair torn cartilage in his left knee.

Sawyer could have been back in the lineup as quickly as four weeks if the damaged cartilage had been removed, but repairing it decreased the risk of long-term problems, Bengals spokesman P.J. Combs said.

Sawyer, in his fifth year out of Florida State, injured the knee Sunday while making a tackle during a 13-6 loss to the Green Bay Packers. He had been sharing one of the cornerback jobs with rookie Artrell Hawkins.

The Bengals did not fill Sawyer's roster spot on Tuesday, Combs said.

Against Detroit, Sawyer returned an interception 58 yards for a touchdown in overtime for the Bengals' only victory of the season.