Wade Phillips goes under the knife

Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips during training camp at Reliant Park in Houston, Tex.,...

Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips during training camp at Reliant Park in Houston, Tex., Aug. 1, 2011. (BOB LEVEY/Getty Images/AFP)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:06 PM ET

TORONTO - The Houston Texans, who clinched a playoff berth with last week’s last-second victory over Cincinnati, will be without the services of defensive co-ordinator Wade Phillips for the next couple of weeks due to kidney surgery.

“I feel good. I don’t have any physical problems right now. If I get this done then I’ll be fine,” Phillips said Wednesday via the Texans’ Twitter. “It’s an operation. I feel good. The doctors say they can handle everything . . . They see me getting back within 10 days.

“It’s not life-threatening. There’s no chemotherapy involved. I don’t want to get into it. It’s not a vasectomy, in case you wondered.”

According to Phillips, the Texans won’t miss him much while he’s gone.

“The game plan is set up. I expect everything to run smooth,” Phillips said. “I haven’t done a good job if they’re not ready to play.”.

Phillips has played perhaps the biggest role this season in helping the Texans to what will be their first playoff appearance. He took a defence that ranked 30th in the league in yards allowed in 2010 and turned it into the No. 1 unit.

In his absence, linebackers coach Reggie Herring will handle the defence.

KOLB BEING CAUTIOUS

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb, who was knocked out of last week’s game against San Francisco with concussion-like symptoms, said during his weekly local radio interview that he hopes to be cleared for Sunday’s game against Cleveland.

“This is obviously something you don’t mess with,” Kolb said. “We need our minds fresh as we go on through life. I’ll push to be out there but also be honest with how I feel.”

Kolb is awaiting his baseline test following a check-up with a neurologist.

As for his memories of the game, he said it’s a little foggy.

“As I went through the call sheet and plays, it just wasn’t clicking,” Kolb said. “Then when the adrenaline begins to fall, that’s when symptoms start to kick in.

“When I tried to take dropbacks, it was a big blur and of course, you can’t play quarterback like that. It was almost like an out-of-body experience.

“It’s a strange feeling, something you don’t want to go through at all.”

If Kolb can’t start, John Skelton will be back under the ball.

SUM OF ALL PARTS

Rex Grossman no doubt rues the day he turned down a two-year contract with the Washington Redskins, instead opting for a one-year deal.

At the time, Grossman was in competition with John Beck for the starting job and wanted to keep his options open for 2010.

Now one of those options is being unemployed by the Redskins as Grossman is basically auditioning these final weeks for the 2012 season.

Grossman started the season as the No. 1 quarterback, was replaced by Beck for three games and has gone 1-5 since winning the job back.

Reports out of Washington say the Redskins are expected to use a draft pick on a quarterback.

As for the play of Grossman, head coach Mike Shanahan told the Washington Post that you have to take in the sum of all parts.

“Like I told you, or told everybody before, it’s not just one person. It’s everybody playing together,” Shanahan said. “There’s not very many quarterbacks that can be the quarterback without their supporting cast (and) put all the pressure on one guy. Part of it is having that cohesive offensive line, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends. It gives the quarterback a chance to be pretty good. Sometimes, when those pieces aren’t there, you go from looking at least pretty good to looking average. We’ll address the particulars at each position at a later time.

“You’re playing for that opportunity to come back and be part of the football team, especially when you don’t have a shot at the playoffs. Everybody’s playing for jobs, coaching for jobs.”

VIKINGS WON’T FIRE COACH

Minnesota head coach Leslie Frazier has a 5-14 record since taking over the Vikings last season but unlike his brethren in Jacksonville, Kansas City and Miami he won’t be looking for a job at the end of the season.

According to the Pioneer Press, Frazier has been assured he will return next season despite the fact the Vikings are just 2-11 this season. Frazier is in the first year of a three-year contract.

The Vikings close out the season with a home game against New Orleans on Sunday, then travel to Washington and finish at home against the Chicago Bears.

The Vikings started the season with veteran Donovan McNabb as their quarterback but when he failed to move the team they switched to rookie Christian Ponder. They are currently riding a five-game losing streak.

The best reason for maintaining Frazier may be a financial one, The Vikings are still on the hook to pay former coach Brad Childress close to $5 million until after the 2012 season and no doubt would not want to enter 2012 with two ex-coaches on the payroll.


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