Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 1/3/13
Saturday Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans Bengals RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (hamstring): Green-Ellis practiced in a limited fashion both Wednesday and Thursday, the Bengals' official website reports. He did not play in Cincinnati's season finale because the Bengals had already locked up the AFC's sixth seed, but we expect that Green-Ellis will be present this weekend for their wild-card game. Health Rating: BenJarvus Green-Ellis @ 75% Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (abdomen): Peterson sat out of Tuesday's and Wednesday's practices but returned for Thursday's session, ESPN 1500-AM Twin Cities reports. Peterson indicated that his apparent abdominal soreness is no concern and that he will undoubtedly be ready for Saturday's heated rematch against Green Bay. Packers WR Jordy Nelson (knee): Coach Mike McCarthy said that Nelson pushed it hard at Thursday's practiced and looked good, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Jordy Nelson practiced in full on Thursday and should start in the Packers' biggest game of the season thus far, barring any setbacks. Packers WR Randall Cobb (ankle): McCarthy also noted that Cobb pushed it hard at Thursday's practice and looked good. He, along with Nelson, was a full participant and is on track to start Saturday against their division rivals in the wild-card round. Health Rating: Adrian Peterson @ 75%, Jordy Nelson @ 70%, Randall Cobb @ 70% Sunday Indianapolis Colts at Baltimore Ravens Ravens LB Ray Lewis (triceps): According to the Baltimore Sun, the Ravens are staying quiet on whether or not Ray Lewis will play Sunday against the Colts. After announcing that he will retire at the end of this season, we expect that he will return during the postseason and maybe during this week's home game against the Colts. Health Rating: Ray Lewis @ 55% Seattle Seahawks at Washington Redskins Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (knee): RG3 will wear a brace during his first playoff game, the Washington Post reports. His knee looked fine last week against the Cowboys, seeing that he rushed for 63 yards against them, and it will continue to improve each week. Head coach Mike Shanahan noted that his starter "probably doesn't have to wear it, but doctors thought it would be best." Health Rating: Robert Griffin III @ 85% Health Ratings: So what do the numbers mean? 100-85% = NFL players are tough and despite injuries still perform at a high level. Let's be honest, when is an NFL athlete really physically 100% . . . practically never. With a rating in this range expect players to perform at peak levels. 70-85% = In this range a player's performance will be affected but they can still get the job done. 55-70% = Players with a rating this low will require assistance to do their jobs. The team might be better served by placing these warriors on the inactive list. Only some All-Pros can get the job done when rated this poorly. 40-55% = These players need some more time to heal. Unlikely to be active unless miraculous healing occurs or my rating was based on erroneous information. 25-40% = Players will not play but show signs of recovery opening the door for a return to the active roster the following week.
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