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NFL notebook: Houston coach returns to address team after ministroke

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Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak was back with his team, if only for a short visit.

He dropped in on the team at the end of practice Thursday, four days after he collapsed at a game with a ­ministroke. Kubiak was not made available to the media, but interim coach Wade Phillips shared what Kubiak said to the team.

“Mostly that he missed them and how much he missed [being here],” Phillips said. “[He said] You don’t realize until you’re away from it a little bit how much you miss the team and being around them, and that kind of thing. And that he felt good. That was his message.”

It was the first time Kubiak had addressed the Texans since collapsing on the field and being rushed to the hospital at halftime of Houston’s loss to Indianapolis on Sunday night.

“To actually see him and hear him talk to us, that means everything,” left tackle Duane Brown said. “You can hear all about somebody doing well ... but seeing them out and about and walking around that means everything to us.”

The Texans have not said when the 52-year-old Kubiak will resume his coaching duties. But they have said that he is expected to make a full recovery after he was released from the hospital Tuesday.

Defensive end Antonio Smith was relieved to see Kubiak after only hearing reports of his status since his attack.

“It was a breath of fresh air,” Smith said. “That takes a lot of the guessing out of it. Everybody was wondering how he was really doing ... is he really worse than what they say? He’s right there in front of you doing good.”

Kubiak suffered a transient ischemic attack, or TIA, which occurs when blood flow to the brain is briefly interrupted, typically by a blood clot or narrowed blood vessels. TIAs are often called ministrokes and can cause stroke-like symptoms including sudden dizziness or unconsciousness.

Vikings 34, Redskins 27

The Minnesota Vikings needed most of the game to figure out how to stop Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins.

They finally walked off their home field a winner, too.

Adrian Peterson ran for 75 yards and two touchdowns, and the Vikings forced Griffin into three straight incompletions from the 4 in the final seconds to hold on for a 34-27 victory Thursday night.

Christian Ponder went 17-for-21 for 174 yards with two touchdowns and an interception before leaving late in the third quarter with an injured left shoulder. John Carlson had seven catches for 98 yards and a touchdown for the Vikings (2-7).

Griffin was 24-for-37 for 281 yards, three touchdowns and no turnovers for the Redskins (3-6), who led 27-14 early in the third quarter. He also ran seven times for 44 yards, but the Vikings took him down for four sacks for 39 yards in the second half. The Redskins committed eight penalties for 63 yards.

With the Redskins out of timeouts, Griffin ran for 12 yards on fourth-and-1 at his own 49 right after the 2-minute warning. Jordan Reed caught a 17-yard pass to the 8 and, after a short run by the Redskins, the Vikings inexplicably stopped the clock with a timeout of their own. Wide receiver Greg Jennings was livid on the sideline.

But Griffin’s next two passes were incomplete. On fourth-and-goal with 32 seconds left, his throw to the corner of the end zone was caught by Santana Moss with only one foot in bounds.

Matthews practices

Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews has been practicing on a limited basis this week with a “club” protecting his injured right thumb. He’s missed the last four games.

Matthews says he thinks he can play Sunday when the Philadelphia Eagles visit Lambeau Field. He’s slowly getting used to trying to go after the quarterback with essentially just one arm.

Coach Mike McCarthy thinks Matthews can be effective.

Jets’ Goodson indicted

New York Jets running back Michael Goodson was indicted on weapons charges stemming from a traffic stop in New Jersey. The indictments were announced Thursday by the Morris County prosecutor’s office.

Goodson and Roselle resident Garant Evans were discovered by police in Denville early on the morning of May 17 in a car stopped in the middle of Interstate 80.

Police say they recovered a loaded .45-caliber handgun and one hollow point bullet.

Giants lose running back

Running back David Wilson’s second season with the New York Giants is over and his career might be in doubt because of a neck injury.

The Giants placed their 2012 first-round draft pick on season-ending injured reserve Thursday, roughly a month after he was hurt.

He sustained a herniated disk and tests showed some narrowing of his spinal column. An examination Monday showed improvement in the herniation, but not enough to let him play.


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