Wade Phillips back at Texans practice

Updated: December 28, 2011, 5:19 PM ET
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Two weeks ago, Houston Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips cracked jokes about going on medical leave to have surgery on his kidney and gallbladder.

The 64-year-old Phillips returned to practice Wednesday in a more somber mood, though he's confident he'll be able to work from the press box Sunday when Houston (10-5) plays Tennessee (8-7) in the regular-season finale.

"It's good to be back," Phillips said. "It's not as funny now as it was before I was going in. I'm ...

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