Three Texans players fall ill, but team doesn't say if it's swine flu

HOUSTON -- Texans safety Eugene Wilson was inactive in Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders because of an illness, and two of his teammates were available to play but also were sick.

The Texanshad the NFL's first confirmed case of swine flu earlier this week, when rookie tight end Anthony Hill caught it. The other players got sick Saturday night and Sunday morning, but the team didn't confirm any other cases of swine flu.

Running back Chris Brown was available but not feeling well and didn't play in Houston's 29-6 victory. Linebacker Xavier Adibi also was ill but played on special teams.

"Eugene got very sick last night. It continued through this morning, so there was no way he could play," Texans coach Gary Kubiak said. "We're monitoring the situation. It's something that's hit us in the past four days, and we just have to work through it."

Offense lineman Eric Winston said Wilson was so sick that he "could barely walk."

"Some guys can play through it," Winston said. "It all depends on how it affects you. You are always concerned about some outbreak of the flu. If we get it, we get it. We just have to get over it."

When asked if the illnesses were more cases of swine flu, Kubiak said: I don't want to speculate on any of that ... but it was kind of scary (Sunday) morning, to be honest with you."

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

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