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Bengals hope Green-Ellis can go

CINCINNATI — Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden sounded optimistic Tuesday that RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis could be ready for Saturday's playoff game at Houston.

Green-Ellis didn't play in Sunday's regular-season finale against the Ravens after straining a hamstring during pregame warmups.

"We're going to prepare to run the ball like we do every week, and hopefully BenJarvus is healthy," Gruden told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "He's got a little twinge right now, but it looks like he's going to be fine.

"It will be important to us. We have other backs also that can run the ball. We're not going to change our plan at all. It never varies. We have a good run plan going in, but Houston's a good run defense as we all know. It's going to be important to try to force the issue."

Colts: No longer a veteran-laden team, Indianapolis has 28 players who have never appeared in a playoff game. That includes rookie QB Andrew Luck and 12 others who started Sunday's regular-season finale against Houston.

Sometimes, coach Chuck Pagano said, what a player doesn't know can't hurt him.

"They don't know," he told the Indianapolis Star. "So they don't know any better. It's been evident throughout the course of this season."

Ravens: Coach John Harbaugh decline to say if LB Ray Lewis will play Sunday against the Colts. He has been out since tearing his right triceps Oct. 14 against the Cowboys.

"It's all going to be a game-time decision as far as anybody knows," Harbaugh told the Baltimore Sun. "This is the playoffs, and we're not talking about injuries. We're not talking about activations. We really don't care what you or anybody else thinks about that. We're getting ready to play a football game."

Texans: Starting LB Darryl Sharpton went on injured reserve, the Houston Chronicle reported. He injured his hip Sunday against the Colts. It also reported Texans re-signed former Florida State standout LB Mister Alexander.

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