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HOUSTON -- Even a mini-stroke can t keep Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak away from the football field.

Coach K paid a visit to his team at the end of practice Thursday, four days after he collapsed on the field during halftime of Sunday s game.

For him to come out and surprise us right in the middle of practice was pretty cool, said center Chris Myers. You re going through your team sessions and you just see him standing him in the corner, it s like seeing a buddy. It s pretty cool to be able to have him out there.

It was the first time Kubiak, 52, had addressed the Texans since he was rushed to the hospital.

It just lifted our spirits to see him up walking about. That meant the world to us, said tackle Duane Brown.

He talked to the players a little bit and everybody was excited to see him, interim head coach Wade Phillips told columnist Deepi Seedhu. He looked pretty good so that was really the highlight.

Kubiak told the players he felt good and he missed them.

He just thanked everyone for our support and kind words and prayers. He told us how much he missed being out there, Brown said. He just told us the faith he had in us to get the job done on Sunday and that he would come back as soon as he would be able to.

You know he s thinking about football,

J.J. Watt told Sidhu. Even as much as I m sure the doctors are telling him not to and as sure as his family telling him not to, you know he s thinking about it. I ve been able to text back and forth with him a couple of times. You know he wants to be here. You know that s just the type of guy that he is. He would get out of that bed to get over here as soon as he could. We just want him to get healthy and take as much time as he needs.

The Texans have not said when the 52-year-old Kubiak, who was released from the hospital on Tuesday, will resume his coaching duties.

Kubiak is expected to make a full recovery.

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