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Kubiak collapses, taken to hospital

HOUSTON — Texans coach Gary Kubiak collapsed leaving the field at halftime of Sunday night's game against the Colts and was taken by ambulance to a hospital.

The Texans didn't say what was wrong with Kubiak, 52, but did say he didn't have a heart attack. The team said he was conscious and was with his family as he was taken to the hospital.

Kubiak hunched over and dropped to his knees at the 24-yard line and was immediately surrounded by medical personnel. Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said the trip to the hospital was precautionary, NBC reported.

Kubiak appeared to be in great pain and kept his eyes closed but was sitting up after a few minutes before being placed on the stretcher, NBC said.

Phillips, also a former head coach of the Broncos, Bills and Cowboys, took over as Texans coach in the second half.

Kubiak has had no known public health problems.

Kubiak has long been known as a top offensive coach, mentoring quarterbacks in Denver and now Matt Schaub — and Sunday's starter, Case Keenum — in Houston.

Kubiak was hired in 2006, along with general manager Rick Smith, after the Texans finished a franchise-worst 2-14. Smith spent 10 years with Kubiak while the coach was offensive coordinator of the Broncos. Smith was Denver's defensive assistant for four seasons before moving into the front office for his last six years with the Broncos.

Also, Texans running back Arian Foster injured his back against Indianapolis and did not return. Foster played on Houston's first series but did not have a carry.

The game was not over at press time. See tampabay.com/sports for the result.

Kubiak collapses, taken to hospital 11/03/13 [Last modified: Sunday, November 3, 2013 11:15pm]
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