BenJarvus Green-Ellis Injury: Updates on Bengals RB's Hamstring

Alex Kay@AlexPKayCorrespondent IDecember 30, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 13:   Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals hands the ball off to  BenJarvus Green-Ellis #42 in the first quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles on December 13, 2012 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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UPDATE: Friday, January 4 at 1:45 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

Good news for Bengals fans today, courtesy of ESPN's Jamison Hensley. According to Hensley's report, Green-Ellis is listed as probable for the team's Wild Card clash with the Houston Texans

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. 

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UPDATE: Wednesday, January 2 at 11:40 a.m. ET

BenJarvus Green-Ellis is back at Cincinnati Bengals practice, according to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

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.



Before the pregame warm-ups, BenJarvus Green-Ellis was all set to play in the Cincinnati Bengals season finale.

According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, the running back is now inactive after tweaking his hamstring as he was getting ready to face the Baltimore Ravens:

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.