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Texans coach to stay hospitalized after collapse

November 4th, 2013 2:34 pm by KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer

Texans coach to stay hospitalized after collapse

Texans coach Gary Kubiak gets medical attention after he collapsed while leaving the field at the end of the first half Sunday night against the Indianapolis Colts in Houston. (AP Photo)

HOUSTON — Texans coach Gary Kubiak will remain hospitalized until at least Tuesday after collapsing on the field at halftime of Houston's 27-24 loss to Indianapolis.

The team said the 52-year-old Kubiak experienced "dizziness and a light-headed feeling" during Sunday night's game before being taken by ambulance to a hospital. The Texans have not said what caused the problem, saying only that Kubiak has gone through a battery of tests and is with his family.

"Gary is alert, coherent and in good spirits," general manager Rick Smith said Monday as questions swirled about the coach's health. "He is continuing to be evaluated and monitored."

Kubiak will remain at the hospital for at least the next 24 hours, the team said, leaving the reeling Texans, losers of six straight, left to wonder when he'll return.

"There was a lot of unknown," said defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, who coached the team after halftime. "Everything was unknown as to what was going on and what happened to Kube."

Kubiak hunched over and dropped to his knees at the 24-yard line and he was immediately surrounded by medical personnel. He was taken off the field on a stretcher and put in an ambulance.

Kubiak, head coach in Houston since 2006, is a former NFL quarterback who calls the team's plays. The Texans were a trendy Super Bowl pick in the offseason and started 2-0, but the season had turned into a disaster even before Sunday night.

"It's on your mind when you're out there playing," receiver Andre Johnson said. "But you try to focus on the game and just go out and do your job."

Up 21-3 when Kubiak collapsed, the Texans struggled after halftime and the Colts rallied for a win. Veteran safety Ed Reed didn't want to blame the loss on what happened to Kubiak, who has never publicly disclosed any health problems.

"I thought we dealt with it well," Reed said. "We've just got to finish."


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