UPDATE: Friday, January 4 at 1:45 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland
Green-Ellis had full participation in Friday's practice and is listed as probable. He sat out Sunday's regular-season finale after injuring his hamstring in pregame warmups and didn't work out with the team on Tuesday. But he returned with limited participation Wednesday and Thursday.
This is great news for the Bengals, who are going to need every offensive weapon possible at their disposal if they want to score the upset over the third-seeded Texans. Green-Ellis gives Cincinnati a consistent, reliable running threat, which will be crucial if they hope to find success against the Texans' stingy defense.
UPDATE: Wednesday, January 2 at 11:40 a.m. ET
Green-Ellis back at practice#bengals— Joe Reedy (@joereedy) January 2, 2013
The RB missed Week 17 after suffering a hamstring injury in the pre-game warmups. We'll keep you updated right here when we find out more about the Law Firm's status.
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Before the pregame warm-ups, BenJarvus Green-Ellis was all set to play in the Cincinnati Bengals season finale.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis not expected to play after suffering a hamstring injury today during warmups— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) December 30, 2012
Because the result of the game is meaningless for the Bengals, this news isn’t all that surprising.
Cincinnati is already locked into the No. 6 seed in the impending playoffs, and the team has no need to risk further damage to its starting RB by putting him out on the field in Week 17.
Cedric Peerman has been coach Marvin Lewis’ back of choice through one quarter of play, but Brian Leonard is also available and likely to get snaps with Green-Ellis on the sideline.
We aren’t sure of the seriousness of BJGE’s injury, but the Bengals rushing game is heavily reliant upon the 27-year-old. In 15 games during the 2012 campaign, he rushed 278 times for 1,094 yards and six touchdowns.
Considering the team as a whole has run just 409 times on the season prior to Week 17, it’s understandable that it would want to take every precaution possible with its featured back.
When the postseason begins, the Bengals will be traveling to either New England, Baltimore, Denver or Houston, depending on how the results of Sunday’s contests pan out. They will certainly need a healthy Law Firm in order to steal a win during Wild Card Weekend.
While Green-Ellis hasn’t exactly been an elite RB this year (he fumbled for the first time in his five-year career and coughed up the rock three times total), he is an instrumental part of the Bengals game plans.
Keep it tuned right here on B/R for the latest breaking news, updates, opinions, analysis and more on BJGE’s injury and timetable for recovery.