The Bengals took playoff practice to the UC bubble on Tuesday, but practiced without their starting running back.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis didn't suit up in jersey or a helmet, but was in black sweatpants and a hooded sweatshirt, running by himself at one end of the field, while everyone else ran plays during the open media time at the beginning of practice.
When questioned about the health of Green-Ellis and if he'll be available for the playoff game Marvin Lewis would only say "he'll be alright. He’ll be fine at some point."
Green-Ellis had a sore hamstring during pregame warm-ups and sat out a 23-17 win over Baltimore on Sunday, leaving Cincinnati with questions about its top runner heading into a playoff game Saturday at Houston.
The Bengals' running game fell apart in the last two weeks. They managed only 14 yards on 16 carries during a 13-10 win in Pittsburgh, one of the most feeble showings in franchise history. They ran for only 47 yards during the win over Baltimore.
Starting safety Chris Crocker also missed practice Tuesday with a quad injury.