Wade Phillips is back to work with the Texans

AP

After two straight losses with defensive coordinator Wade Phillips sidelined, there were whispers in the Texans locker room that linebackers coach Reggie Herring “doesn’t know what he’s doing.”

That’s one reason why so many people were thrilled to welcome Phillips back to the team Monday.

Texans coach Gary Kubiak confirmed Phillips returned to  work for a few hours for the first time since having surgery on his kidney and gallbladder.

“The goal would be that he would be [coaching] in the press box on Sunday, but we’ll see how he feels,” Kubiak said via the team’s website. “It’s good for everybody just to know that he’s doing better and back to full health. It’s good for him to be back around the players a little bit.”

Kubiak says the team will approach their finale against Tennessee like any other game because the Texans want momentum heading into the playoffs.

Houston is locked into the No. 3 seed. It’s possible that if the Titans beat the Texans on Sunday, then Tennessee could return to Houston in the playoffs.