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Bengals QB Dalton misses practice with flu

By Joe Kay

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 4 2012 12:16 p.m. MST

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) gives instructions to wide receiver A.J. Green (18) during football practice, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, in Cincinnati. The Bengals are slated to play the Houston Texans on Saturday in an NFL football wild card playoff game in Houston.

Al Behrman, Associated Press

CINCINNATI — Bengals rookie quarterback Andy Dalton missed practice on Wednesday with the flu, but is expected to be ready for a playoff game in Houston.

Coach Marvin Lewis said Dalton should be back at practice on Thursday.

Dalton has been looking forward to playing Saturday in Reliant Stadium, where he's never lost. He grew up in suburban Houston and won two games at Reliant as a high school quarterback, then another while at TCU.

The Bengals (9-7) are trying to get their first playoff win since the 1990 season. Dalton played a big part in getting them there, setting club passing records for a rookie while teaming with rookie receiver A.J. Green.

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