Crocker out for Bengals against Texans

Cincinnati strong safety Chris Crocker is inactive for the

Bengals AFC wild-card playoff game against Houston.

Crocker missed practice all week with a thigh injury. Nate

Clements is scheduled to start in his place.

Houston’s Barrett Ruud will start at inside linebacker for Tim

Dobbins, who was placed on injured reserve Friday with an ankle

injury. Cornerback Alan Ball is active for Houston after missing

the last five games with a sore foot.

Other inactive players for the Bengals are cornerback Jason

Allen, defensive tackles Brandon Thompson and Devon Still, tight

end Richard Quinn, running back Daniel Herron and receiver Dane

Sanzenbacher.

Houston’s inactive players are cornerbacks Roc Carmichael and

Stanford Routt, fullback Tyler Clutts, guards Cody White and

Antoine Caldwell, tackle Andrew Gardner and nose tackle Terrell

McClain.