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Brian Cushing misses practice with virus


Texans inside linebacker Brian Cushing was not at either of the Texans' practices on Wednesday because of a minor illness.

The team's 2011 MVP and defensive captain was hospitalized overnight on Tuesday. He remained in the hospital through the Texans' Wednesday afternoon practice at the Methodist Training Center. Head coach Gary Kubiak said he hopes Cushing will return on Thursday morning.

"He's doing better," Kubiak said in the afternoon. "All his tests came back good. He's still feeling a little sluggish, so we've still got him over there right now. I don't know if he'll be back for meetings tonight or we work toward tomorrow morning, but we're just being cautious with him. No concerns."

Kubiak said Cushing started feeling sick during Tuesday night meetings at Reliant Stadium.

"He's got a little virus," Kubiak said on Wednesday morning. "Got sick on us last night and spent the night in the hospital. It was really a matter of not sending him home. He stays at home (during training camp). His wife, he can go home and get her sick, and it was late at night when he had got sick on us, so we just gave him a room down the street and had him get a good night's rest and get him started toward his recovery."

Cushing was not the Texans' only inside linebacker to miss time on Wednesday morning. Keyaron Fox, signed just before the start of training camp, left practice with a knee injury. Undrafted rookie Shawn Loiseau suffered a minor groin strain but returned in the afternoon.

With Darryl Sharpton also on the Active/PUP list, the Texans had four healthy inside linebackers in the morning: Bradie James, Tim Dobbins, Mister Alexander and undrafted rookie Greg Williams.

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