Texans coach Gary Kubiak collapses as he leaves the field at halftime
As he was leaving the field at the half in Houston’s game against the Indianapolis Colts, Texans head coach Gary Kubiak collapsed on the field. He doubled over at the 24-yard line on the way to the Texans’ locker room in what appeared to be considerable pain, grabbing his leg. Stadium staff brought a stretcher out for Kubiak, who was seen sitting up shortly after the incident. Initial reports indicated that the coach was lucid and talking with medical personnel. He was taken off the field on the stretcher shortly after. He was taken by ambulance to a Houston hospital. The Texans’ PR staff said that Kubiak never lost consciousness, and the team has reported that there are no issues with Kubiak’s heart.
The 52-year-old Kubiak has been the Texans’ head coach since the 2006 season. Before that, he was the Denver Broncos’ longtime offensive coordinator, and a backup quarterback for the Broncos from 1983 through ’91.
Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, who has head coaching experience with the Broncos, Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys, was the interim coach through the remainder of the game. Phillips told NBC’s Michele Tafoya at the half that Kubiak’s heart rate was normal, and the trip to the hospital is purely precautionary.
On Monday, the team released a statement saying that Kubiak will remain with medical personnel for at least the next 24 hours. He has undergone a battery of tests after experiencing dizziness and a light-headed feeling.
“Our primary concern is of course with Gary’s health and well-being,” Executive VP of Football Operations and General Manager Rick Smith said. “There have been so many people throughout the city and across the country that have reached out to express their love and support and we are thankful for everyone’s thoughts and prayers. Gary is alert, coherent and in good spirits. He is continuing to be evaluated and monitored.”