Gary Kubiak, Houston Texans Head Coach, Rushed To Hospital During Game
Gary Kubiak, the head coach of the Houston Texans NFL team, collapsed on the field during his squad's match against the Indianapolis Colts and was subsequently taken by ambulance to a local hospital.
Kubiak, 52, had been taking his leave of the field for halftime of the Sunday Night Football game, when he hunched over and fell to the ground. Team staff and medical personnel rushed to the coach’s side at the 24-yard-line. He was then lifted onto a stretcher and rolled out of Reliant Stadium.
On field reporters in the moments following the incident, noted that Kubiak looked to be in extreme pain and not opening his eyes, but was communicating. It was further reported that he had not suffered a heart attack. The assistant coaches for the Texans claimed that Kubiak was taken to the hospital solely as a precautionary measure.
"He had an episode; he was light-headed and dizzy," Houston general manager Rick Smith said in an interview on NBC. "He was evaluated by a number of specialists … he is awake and coherent. We have to assess … obviously, there's a lot of info," Smith said. "Hopefully, Gary will be back with us tomorrow."
Both the Texan's social media team and Colts owner Jim Irsay took to Twitter to weigh in on the unsettling scene at the NFL stadium:
Update: Coach Kubiak has been taken to a local hospital, he is conscious and his family is with him. #TexansGameday
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) November 4, 2013
Big time prayers for Coach Kubiak…God bless his healthy return and ease his family's worry and concern.
— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) November 4, 2013
At halftime, the Texans were leading the Colts 21-3. When the teams returned to the field for the second half, defensive coordinator Wade Phillips took over as the head coach for the Texans and saw the lead slip away. The game ended in a 27-24 loss for the Texans.
Kubiak, who has been with the Texans since 2006, is currently reported to be in stable condition. He had no known health problems prior to his mid-game collapse.
– Chelsea Regan