Dalton visits hospital with flu, but expected to practice Thursday

NFL.com Wire Reports
Published: Jan. 5, 2012 at 09:20 a.m.
Updated: Jan. 5, 2012 at 09:30 a.m.

As coach Marvin Lewis prepares his Cincinnati Bengals for Saturday's wild-card game against the Houston Texans, the health of Andy Dalton remains a chief concern.

The Bengals rookie starting quarterback was taken to the hospital Wednesday night with flu-like symptoms after missing practice, Lewis said Thursday morning on Sirius XM radio.

Lewis painted a picture of his quarterback losing sleep and "staying close to the toilet and sink," but said he expects Dalton to return to practice and "get it going again" Thursday.

Dalton is expected to play Saturday at Houston's Reliant Stadium, where he has never lost. The second-round draft pick grew up in the Houston suburbs and played two games at the stadium in high school and another for TCU.

The Bengals (9-7) will try to score their first playoff win since the 1990 season when they face the Texans (10-6). Reliant Stadium has a retractable roof, so weather won't be an issue.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.