C. Killings, Again Able to Walk, Leaves Hospital and Visits Texans Teammates

Houston Texans defensive tackle Cedric Killings walked out of the hospital today and visited his teammates at the team's practice facility.

The visit came five days after Killings suffered a fractured vertebra in his neck while blocking on a kickoff return during last Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts. Killings temporarily lost feeling in his limbs but regained movement, and by Monday he was able to stand next to his bed in a Houston hospital.

Killings was wearing a neck brace and had black eye today.

His coach and teammates were ecstatic to see him able to walk.

"It's awesome," Texans Coach Gary Kubiak told reporters. "You worry about him after what he had been through, but we knew he was doing good. It's nice for all his teammates to be able to see him walk in here with a smile on his face. It's a special bond between players, what they go through to play this game and to know that he's okay is a good feeling."

The Texans named Killings an honorary captain for their game this weekend.

"It was big to see him walking in," linebacker DeMeco Ryans said. "It was a blessing, just to see him up and moving. Just to see the smile on his face is a blessing because you never know in this game. You never know when that last hit is. So it was a blessing to see him."

Killings is headed to Miami to continue his rehabilitation near his home. It has not been determined whether he will be able to resume his football career at any point. The Texans placed him on the injured reserve list earlier this week, ending his season.

By Mark Maske |  September 28, 2007; 7:06 PM ET  | Category:  Texans
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