HOUSTON Texans linebacker Brian Cushing was back at Reliant Stadium on Thursday after spending Wednesday in a local hospital as he battled flu-like symptoms.

He did not take part in any team practices on Thursday.

He s back. He was in the locker room, said head coach Gary Kubiak. He s feeling a lot better. He will be a part of our meeting process tonight, and we ll evaluate him tomorrow (Friday).

Cushing started to feel ill during meetings on Tuesday night. He was kept at the hospital as a precaution on Wednesday.

He has not been ruled out for the preseason game on Saturday against the Carolina Panthers.

Yeah, I think there s a good chance (he will play), said Kubiak. I like to see him go out there and get his reps with the group. I think tomorrow (Friday) is a big day. We know he s doing well right now. We ll be in here early tomorrow morning. All indications are that he will.

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