Texans' Gary Kubiak to coach team Sunday

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Texans coach Gary Kubiak is back after recovering from a mini-stroke, and he can’t wait to coach his team on Sunday against Oakland.

“It just feels great to be back,” he said. “You have a true appreciation for the opportunity that you have and the opportunity to be around the players ... and the chance to do my job again.”

Kubiak, who returned to work on Monday, spoke to reporters on Wednesday for the first time since collapsing on the field at halftime in Houston’s loss to Indianapolis on Nov. 3.

Falcons: Activated linebacker Sean Weatherspoon from the injured list and signed offensive tackle Sean Locklear.

Weatherspoon, one of the team’s defensive leaders, rejoined the 53-man roster Wednesday. He sustained a foot injury in Week 2 and missed the last seven games. The Falcons went 1-6 while he was out.

The 310-pound Locklear spent most of his 10-year career with Seattle before moving to Washington in 2011 and the New York Giants last season. He played in 12 games with 10 starts for the Giants.

Vikings: Plan to play Jerome Simpson against Seattle this weekend, despite drunken-driving charges facing the wide receiver.

As for Simpson’s spot in the starting lineup and on most of the offense’s skill-position-player groupings, well, that’s another story.

“I don’t know how we’ll handle that part of it. I do expect him to play. We’ll make a decision on that part of it as we go forward,” coach Leslie Frazier said Wednesday, shortly after Simpson was charged with third-degree DWI for refusing to submit to a chemical test, a gross misdemeanor, and fourth-degree DWI for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, a misdemeanor.

Simpson denied drinking, but he failed three field sobriety tests and registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.095 with a preliminary breath test, police said. The legal limit in Minnesota is 0.08.

Simpson leads the Vikings with 491 yards receiving.

Broncos: Peyton Manning was a no-show to start practice Wednesday.

Manning is nursing a sore right ankle after taking a hit from Chargers defensive lineman Corey Liuget last Sunday.

The Broncos reported no further damage to Manning’s ankle after an MRI on Monday. Interim coach Jack Del Rio said the quarterback’s status for practice would be determined later in the week but that Manning would definitely play Sunday night against Kansas City.

Raiders: With his penchant for poetry, Todd Christensen never fit Oakland’s renegade mold. But that didn’t keep him from becoming one of the team’s best all-time tight ends.

A five-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time Super Bowl winner, Christensen died from complications during liver transplant surgery Wednesday. He was 57.

Christensen played for 10 seasons at tight end and won Super Bowls in 1981 and 1984.

Ravens: Aren’t interested in bringing back safety Ed Reed, coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday.

Reed, 35, spent 11 seasons with the Ravens before signing with the Houston Texans as a free agent this year. He was released Tuesday by the Texans, days after saying the team was “outplayed and outcoached” in a loss to the Arizona Cardinals -- the seventh straight defeat for the Texans after a 2-0 start.

Reed went unclaimed on waivers Wednesday, a league source told ESPN.com.


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