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Wade Phillips Says He Had His Gall Bladder Removed

Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said Thursday he’s still regaining his strength less than a month after undergoing gall bladder surgery.

The 64-year-old Phillips went on medical leave Dec. 14. He returned last week and worked from the press box in Sunday’s 23-22 loss to Tennessee. He’ll work from there again when the Texans (10-6) play Cincinnati (9-7) in the playoffs.

“The bottom line is I’m fine, things are progressing well and it’s going to take me about six weeks total to get full energy back and be moving around and start lifting and things like that,” Phillips said.

Phillips returned to practice last week, though he spent long periods sitting on a golf cart with his father, Bum, the former coach of the Houston Oilers. He says he’s been fully involved in preparations for this week’s game, though he’s felt exhausted by about 5 p.m. each day.

“But it’s been getting better,” Phillips said. “I’ve been here this week for all the game planning, which I haven’t been previously. All the game plan stuff, all the real necessary stuff, I’ve been involved in.”

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