Green-Ellis returns to practice for Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals got some good news when they took the practice field Wednesday. Running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis returned to practice after missing Sunday's regular-season finale and sitting out Tuesday's workout, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer.

Offensive coordinator Jay Gruden expressed optimism Tuesday that Green-Ellis would be fine. Green-Ellis injured his hamstring in pregame warmups Sunday and didn't play.

Without Green-Ellis, Cincinnati managed 47 yards on 21 carries, a 2.2-yard average against the Ravens on Sunday. Green-Ellis has been key to the Bengals' offense in the second half of the season, gaining 100 yards in four of his past six games.

Durability was a concern when the Bengals signed Green-Ellis in the offseason. He never carried the ball more than 229 times in a season in four years with the Patriots. But Green-Ellis ran the ball 278 times and played in every game before sitting out Sunday.

The Bengals play at the Texans on Saturday in a wild-card game. My guess is Green-Ellis will have limited participation today, but we'll find out when the injury report is released later this afternoon.