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Texans TE Anthony Hill first in NFL with swine flu

Houston Texans rookie tight end Anthony Hill was hospitalized this week with swine flu in the first confirmed case in an NFL player this season.

Hill is the only player on the team believed to have swine flu. The fourth-round pick from North Carolina State, spent two nights in the hospital and was released Friday.

In late August, Miami Dolphins defensive backs Sean Smith and Jason Allen were scratched from an exhibition game with flu-like symptoms, but the team declined to say whether the players were tested for swine flu. Smith and Allen declined comment.

Extra points

Kyle Boller will make his first start at quarterback for the Rams on Sunday against the 49ers. Marc Bulger will rest his injured shoulder. … Steelers running back Willie Parker did not practice Friday and is not expected to play against the Chargers on Sunday. … Running back Clinton Portis will be a game-time decision for the Redskins. … Browns running back Jamal Lewis, kicker Phil Dawson and right guard Floyd Womack are listed as doubtful on the injury report. … Giants halfback Ahmad Bradshaw returned to practice and is likely to play Sunday. … Raiders defensive lineman Richard Seymour was fined $7,500 by the NFL for pulling the hair of Denver offensive tackle Ryan Clady. … San Francisco defensive end Justin Smith was fined $5,000 for hitting Brett Favre in the knee area.

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