Texans place LB Dobbins on Injured Reserve

Texans place LB Dobbins on Injured Reserve
January 4, 2013, 4:15 pm
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Just a day before their playoff game against the Bengals, the Texans have placed linebacker Tim Dobbins on the Injured Reserve with an ankle injury.

Dobbins' trip to the IR comes only days after Darryl Sharpton was sent to the Injured Reserve with a hip injury.

The first hint that Dobbins' status for Saturday's game against the Bengals was in jeopardy was when defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said he was concerned on Wednesday. Dobbins had played through other injuries this season (most notably his shoulder) but it seemed less likely he would play through this one.

Dobbins is the third interior linebacker to have a season-ending injury. The other is Brian Cushing, who tore his ACL much earlier in the season.

With Dobbins and Sharpton out, the Texans will start Barrett Ruud, who didn't even begin his season with the team.

“To be able to play some serious minutes in a playoff game is why you still play each year,” Ruud said earlier this week. “That’s what everybody plays for, to get meaningful game in a playoff game, a chance to get a ring. That’s what everyone plays for.”

Ruud, who started his season with New Orleans, started 63 of 64 games during 2007-10 with Tampa Bay. He hasn't played in a playoff game since 2007.

To fill Dobbins' spot on the roster, the Texans have signed ILB Cameron Collins from the practice squad to the active roster.

Antoine Caldwell is the only player who is doubtful for Saturday, while 14 players -- including Brooks Reed and Alan Ball -- are probable.