Dec 31 (The Sports Xchange) – Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green, already shut down for Sunday's season finale against the Baltimore Ravens, was officially placed on injured reserve Saturday. Six-time Pro Bowler Green, 28, will miss the last six games with a hamstring injury suffered during the first series against the Buffalo Bills on Nov. 20. Green was elected to the Pro Bowl this season despite playing in just nine full games, catching 66 passes for 964 yards and four touchdowns. — The Detroit Lions placed running back Theo Riddick on injured reserve due to a wrist injury. …
Matthew Stafford has been at his best this season when the Detroit Lions had to rally in the final minutes. Now the Lions may need one more clutch performance from their franchise quarterback to advance to the playoffs. After two straight defeats, the Lions host the surging Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, with the winner taking the NFC North title.
It’s not the biggest game in the history of Ford Field, though it’s probably the biggest that’s actually involved the Detroit Lions. The Lions, however, have never had an opportunity in the building quite like this weekend, when they host the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night with a chance to win Detroit’s first division title since 1993. Whoever wins this game takes the NFC North, and whoever loses could be out of the playoffs.
It’ll be a long night for the Washington Redskins on Sunday, even if they beat the New York Giants at home in the afternoon. The Redskins face a virtual win and get into the playoffs scenario in their regular-season finale, with one hitch. If the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions play to a tie Sunday night, those teams make it and the Redskins don’t.