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Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 01/05/2012

Andy Dalton returns to practice for Bengals

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton is feeling better, thank you very much. He was back on the practice field today after a bout with a nasty bug.

“I feel great. It was a tough day [Wednesday], but I feel a lot better than I did. I’ll be out there practicing and be ready to go,” Dalton said (via the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Joe Reedy). “It was just a one-day thing. It was kind of out of nowhere. But I feel good now, so that’s a good thing.”

Dalton sought treatment, receiving fluids via IV, at a hospital for his flu-like symptoms after missing practice Wednesday and, Coach Marvin Lewis said in a Sirius interview, spent the night “by the sink and toilet.” Dalton did his best to prepare for the Bengals’ wild-card game Saturday against the Houston Texans and has a bit of a break because the Bengals played the Texans less than a month ago. (Houston won 20-19 on Dec. 11 in Cincinnati.) The teams play at 4:30 p.m. EST Saturday (NBC).

“I’ve watched the film and I know what’s going on,” Dalton said. “Obviously I would’ve liked to have practiced yesterday, but it didn’t happen. I’ll go out there today.”

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