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Arian Foster sick, leaves practice early


Pro Bowl running back Arian Foster left practice early on Wednesday because of an illness. Coach Gary Kubiak said it will not affect his status for the Texans' Week 2 game at Jacksonville.

Pro Bowl cornerback Johnathan Joseph also was limited in practice on Wednesday. Joseph has been sick since Sunday, when he left the Texans' Week 1 victory over Miami in the third quarter.

"We've got something going on with our team a little," Kubiak said. "We've got a few guys not feeling well. (Foster) came out and started practiced and about a quarter of the way into it started feeling very poorly, so obviously we've got some little bug going on or something. Hopefully, it doesn't get too bad."

Foster ran for 79 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries against in Week 1. He was listed as questionable for the game because of soreness in his knee area, which turned out to be a non-issue. Kubiak said the Texans sent him to a team doctor on Wednesday after removing him from practice.

Pro Bowl defensive end Antonio Smith was the only Texan to sit out of practice completely on Wednesday. A defensive captain, Smith was listed as having an ankle issue on the injury report. Kubiak did not mention anything about his status.

Outside linebacker Bryan Braman (hamstring), inside linebacker Tim Dobbins (neck/nose) and outside linebacker Brooks Reed (hip) all practiced on a limited basis. Braman should be available against the Jaguars after missing the regular-season opener.

Linebacker Brian Cushing (ribs), defensive end J.J. Watt (elbow), nose tackle Shaun Cody (back) and right guard Antoine Caldwell (ankle) were listed on the injury report as full participants. Kubiak described Cushing's soreness as "Cush being Cush."

"He's been sore from what he went through (in the preseason) and then he took a good shot on the interception (Sunday)," Kubiak said. "That guard hit him pretty good and took him to the ground. It's just that time of year. Everybody's got something going on. The way he plays, he's usually got a few aches and pains during the week. He took his full load of practice. Obviously, we don't beat on him on Thursday's or those types of things, but he'll be ready to go."

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