Texans monitoring sick players

Texans rookie tight end Anthony Hill broke the swine flu barrier in the NFL last week, but he’s not the only Texan that’s currently sick.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter noted Monday night that Texans safety Eugene Wilson, running back Chris Brown and linebacker Xavier Adibi all missed Sunday’s game with illnesses. 

On Monday, rookie offensive lineman Antoine Caldwell showed up to the team facility and experienced flu-like symptoms.

Before we get carried away, it’s worth noting the Associated Press notes that Adibi and Brown only had “gastrointestinal problems” according to their team doctor. 

Wilson, on the other hand, was reportedly so ill he could barely walk.  (Sorta like when Brett Favre threw a crackback block on him.)

No one other than Hill has been diagnosed with swine flu, and Hill should be able to return to practice this week. 

I’m not a medical expert, don’t play one on webvideo, and usually tune out when anything swine flu-related comes up, so I’m not really sure why it’s any different or worse than flu flu.  Or why I should care.

But the swine flu is certainly getting plenty of attention, and the bug going around the Texans locker room cost them a few players on Sunday.

Luckily, they were playing the Raiders.

5 responses to “Texans monitoring sick players

  1. If the entire Texans roster had called in sick and Goddell had rounded up practice squad players from other teams to avoid a forfeit, Oakland still would have lost.

  2. Swine influenza is flu virus usually found in pigs. The virus occasionally changes (mutates) and becomes infectious in humans. When this happens, the disease becomes a concern to humans, who have little or no immunity against it. This means the virus has the potential to spread quickly around the world. It also may be more difficult to treat than the usual, seasonal human flu viruses.
    Symptoms of H1N1 flu infection in humans are similar to classic flu-like symptoms, which might include:
    * Fever above 100.4 °F
    * Cough
    * Sore throat
    * Headache
    * Chills
    * Muscle aches
    * Diarrhea
    * Vomiting
    Most people who get H1N1 flu will likely recover without needing medical care. Doctors, however, can prescribe antiviral drugs to treat people who become very sick with the flu or are at high risk for flu complications.
    If you need treatment for H1N1 flu, the CDC recommends that your doctor give you zanamivir (Relenza) or osteltamivir (Tamiflu). These drugs work best if you receive them within 2 days of becoming ill. You may get them later if you are very sick or if you have a high risk for complications.
    To prevent infection with H1N1 flu, people living in the same house as someone diagnosed with the virus should ask their doctor if they also need a prescription for these medicines. Careful respiratory hygiene and frequent hand-washing are also recommended steps for reducing the risk of getting H1N1 flu.
    In the spring of 2009, cases of human infection with H1N1 flu were confirmed in Mexico and in several states in the United States. Cases of infection in humans were also reported in other countries.
    Human-to-human infection with the H1N1 flu virus likely occurs the same way as seasonal flu, when an infected person coughs or sneezes into air that others breathe in. People may also get infected by touching something with the virus on it, such as a door knob or counter, and then touching their mouth or nose.

  3. Swine flu is not fun. Can’t imagine playing tiddlywinks right now, much less football. Stay well all.

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