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Injury roundup: Justin Houston inactive for Chiefs

Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green was adamant he would play against the Texans on Christmas Eve but the team decided to keep him on the sidelines. Green was listed among the iteam's inactives.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the decision to hold out Green was made by coach Marvin Lewis, the team medical staff and team ownership on Friday after they discussed the wide receiver's ongoing recovery from a hamstring tear in his right leg, a source aware of the situation told NFL Network's Stacey Dales.

In addition to his hamstring injury, Green is still recovering from a partially torn tendon in his leg. The team ultimately felt tha Green could risk further injury by playing in the game, Dales added. The Bengals were eliminated from playoff contention last week.

Cincinnati hasn't determined whether they will play Green in next week's season finale, Dales added.

In addition to Green, tight end Tyler Eifert (back) did not play.

Other injury news we are keeping an eye on Saturday:

  1. Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston (knee) is inactive against the Broncos on Sunday night.

Running back Spencer Ware has sore ribs and will have an MRI, coach Andy Reid said after the game.

  1. Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall (hamstring) and safety T.J. Ward (concussion) are inactive.

Defensive end Derek Wolfe was ruled out with a neck injury. Cornerback Kayvon Webster is out with a concussion.

  1. Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota was carted off the field with and was ruled out. Mariota's injury is a fractured fibula and he will miss the rest of the season, coach Mike Mularkey said after the game. Matt Cassel took over in his absence.
  1. Jets quarterbackBryce Petty suffered a left shoulder injury during the second quarter against the Patriots and was ruled out at halftime. He will have an MRI on Monday, the quarterback said. Ryan Fitzpatrick took over at quarterback for the Jets. Wideout Brandon Marshallleft with a hip injury and didn't return.

Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was ruled out with a hamstring injury. Defensive lineman Leonard Williams left with a chest injury and didn't return. Running back Khiry Robinson left with a leg injury and didn't return.

  1. Texans running back Lamar Miller (ankle), who didn't practice this week, is iffy at best for tonight's game against the Bengals but is expected to return in Week 17, according to Rapoport.
  1. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr suffered a broken fibula in Oakland's win over the Coltsand is out indefinitely. He will likely undergo surgery on Sunday.
  1. Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson left the game and didn't return. He suffered a jaw contusion, coach Jay Gruden said after the game. Running back Robert Kelley didn't return after suffering a knee injury.
  1. Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith (thigh) is expected to play against the Steelers on Sunday, according to Rapoport. Cornerback Jimmy Smith (ankle) is inactive.
  1. Steelers tight end Ladarius Green (concussion) is inactive against the Ravens on Sunday, the team announced.
  1. Bears linebacker Leonard Floyd was ruled out with a concussion. Safety Deon Bush left and didn't return with an ankle injury. Linebacker Pernell McPhee (shoulder) left and didn't return, as did cornerback Tracy Porter with a shoulder injury.
  1. Jaguars running back T.J. Yeldon was ruled out for the second half against the Titans with an ankle injury. Fellow running back Chris Ivory left and didn't return with a hamstring injury.
  1. Dolphins safety Isa Abdul-Quddus left with a neck injury and didn't return.
  1. Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III went to the locker room after taking a hit and was later ruled out with a concussion. Cornerback Joe Haden was ruled out with a neck injury.
  1. Chargers linebacker Denzel Perryman didn't return with a knee injury.
  1. Cardinals safety Tony Jefferson suffered a sprained MCL.
  1. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered a neck stinger, he said after the game.
  1. Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls did not return due to a shoulder injury. Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockettwas carted off the field after suffering a gruesome right leg injury. Lockett is out for the rest of the season and will need surgery, Pete Carroll told reporters after Saturday's loss.
  1. Colts cornerback Darius Butler (concussion) and wide receiver Donte Moncrief (shoulder) did not return to the game against the Raiders.
  1. Rams wide receiver Kenny Britt did not return due to a shoulder injury.
  1. Niners running back Carlos Hyde did not not return after suffering a knee injury in the fourth quarter.
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