Saturday Wild-Card Blitz: Bengals vs. Texans and Vikings vs. Packers
The NFL playoffs are here! Let’s take a look at the latest news regarding Saturday’s wild-card playoff games.
No. 6 Cincinnati Bengals at No. 3 Houston Texans – 4:30pm NBC
– Houston linebacker Brooks Reed and cornerback Alan Ball could return from injuries in time for Saturday’s game.
– Bengals cornerback Terence Newman and running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis returned to practice this week and should play Saturday.
– Bengals safety Chris Crocker is listed as doubtful for Saturday’s game according to the Bengals official team site.
– According to the Texans official team site, linebacker Tim Dobbins was put on IR, making him unavailable to play in the playoffs. Barrett Ruud will start at inside linebacker next to Bradie James.
No. 6 Minnesota Vikings at No. 3 Green Bay Packers – 8:00pm NBC
– Packers running back James Starks is listed as questionable for Saturday’s game. It looks like Starks will be a game-time decision.
– Packers wide receivers Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson are probable for Saturday’s game. Expect both to suit up and play Saturday.
– Vikings defensive lineman Brian Robinson and safety Harrison Smith practiced on Friday and are both expected to play Saturday.
– Quarterback Christian Ponder was limited at practice during the week and is listed as questionable, but is expected to start.
– Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield is listed as questionable, but is expected to play. According to ESPN AM Twin Cities, Winfield will play with a cast protecting his broken right hand.