National Football League
                      === Texans send LB Dobbins to IR ===
 Houston,  TX (Sports  Network)  -  The Houston  Texans  will  not have  inside
 linebacker Tim Dobbins available for the postseason, with the team placing the
 veteran on injured reserve on Friday due to a serious ankle sprain.
 Dobbins  sustained the injury during last Sunday's loss to Indianapolis in the
 regular-season  finale. The seventh-year pro started six times during the 2012
 campaign and recorded 43 tackles along with one interception.
 The move adds further concern to what has already been a thin position for the
 AFC  South champion  Texans. The team lost top inside linebacker Brian Cushing
 to  a season-ending torn ACL back in Week 5, while replacement Darryl Sharpton
 landed on IR on Tuesday after hurting his hip in the Indianapolis game.
 Journeyman  Barrett Ruud is now expected to start opposite Bradie James on the
 inside for Saturday's AFC Wild Card Playoff against Cincinnati.
 The  Texans received better news regarding outside linebacker Brooks Reed, who
 sat  out four of  the final five regular-season tests with a groin strain. The
 second-year starter put in a second consecutive limited practice on Friday and
 is listed as probable for Saturday's tilt.
 Tight  end Owen  Daniels (chest/knee), who leads the team in touchdown catches
 (6)  and  ranks second in  receptions (62) and  receiving yards (716), is also
 probable  along with defensive end Antonio Smith (ankle), fullback James Casey
 (knee),  nose tackle  Shaun Cody  (back), guard  Wade Smith  (knee), offensive
 tackle Derek Newton (knee) and wide receiver DeVier Posey (foot).
 01/04 16:27:42 ET