HOUSTON -- Texans rookie linebacker Brian Cushing returned to practice Thursday after staying home the previous day with flu-like symptoms.
Cushing started feeling ill Tuesday night and was given medication and kept home Wednesday as a precaution to the team.
The team has been hit hard by the flu in the past week, with tight end Anthony Hill being the NFL's first confirmed case of swine flu. Hill has recovered and returned to practice Wednesday.
Cushing, who was the Texans' first-round draft pick at No. 15 overall, leads the team with 33 tackles.
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