Houston, TX (Sports Network) - The Houston Texans will not have inside
linebacker Tim Dobbins available for the postseason, with the team placing the
veteran on injured reserve on Friday due to a serious ankle sprain.
Dobbins sustained the injury during last Sunday's loss to Indianapolis in the
regular-season finale. The seventh-year pro started six times during the 2012
campaign and recorded 43 tackles along with one interception.
The move adds further concern to what has already been a thin position for the
AFC South champion Texans. The team lost top inside linebacker Brian Cushing
to a season-ending torn ACL back in Week 5, while replacement Darryl Sharpton
landed on IR on Tuesday after hurting his hip in the Indianapolis game.
Journeyman Barrett Ruud is now expected to start opposite Bradie James on the
inside for Saturday's AFC Wild Card Playoff against Cincinnati.
The Texans received better news regarding outside linebacker Brooks Reed, who
sat out four of the final five regular-season tests with a groin strain. The
second-year starter put in a second consecutive limited practice on Friday and
is listed as probable for Saturday's tilt.
Tight end Owen Daniels (chest/knee), who leads the team in touchdown catches
(6) and ranks second in receptions (62) and receiving yards (716), is also
probable along with defensive end Antonio Smith (ankle), fullback James Casey
(knee), nose tackle Shaun Cody (back), guard Wade Smith (knee), offensive
tackle Derek Newton (knee) and wide receiver DeVier Posey (foot).
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