Thursday, June 21, 2018
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Kubiak had mini-stroke

HOUSTON — Texans coach Gary Kubiak suffered a mini-stroke Sunday night at halftime of his team's game against the Colts, nfl.com reported Monday night.

Kubiak, 52, will remain hospitalized until at least today after collapsing on the field during a 27-24 loss to Indianapolis.

"Gary is alert, coherent and in good spirits," general manager Rick Smith said Monday. "He is continuing to be evaluated and monitored."

The reeling Texans, losers of six straight, were left to wonder when their eighth-year coach will 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.

Fox has heart surgery; Del Rio to sub for him

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Broncos coach John Fox had heart surgery, with his wife saying that the operation went well and he was being monitored.

Broncos defensive coordinator and former Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio will be the interim coach until Fox, 58, returns to the team.

Fox had his aortic valve replaced at Carolinas HeathCare System's Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute in Charlotte, N.C.

"We all wish him a speedy recovery. The best way that we could honor him is to go out and play great football," Del Rio said after taking over a 7-1 team.

Fox's wife, Robin, said in a statement: "Along with his medical team, we will take great care of him so he can fully recover and get back to coaching the Broncos as soon as possible."

BENGALS: They tried to sign defensive tackle Christo Bilukidi, a sixth-round pick of the Raiders last year, but the league voided the deal because Bilukidi didn't have a work permit from Canada to play in the United States.

BILLS: Rookie quarterback and former FSU star EJ Manuel was cleared to play after missing four weeks with a sprained right knee. His replacement, Thad Lewis, also will be back after missing a game with bruised ribs. Coach Doug Marrone wants to see how both practice before determining who starts Sunday at Pittsburgh. Buffalo also released quarterback Matt Flynn.

BROWNS: Quarterback Jason Campbell has bruised ribs and coach Rob Chudzinski said the veteran should be able to play Nov. 17 at Cincinnati after Cleveland's bye week.

49ERS: Wide receiver Mario Manningham was activated and will be available Sunday against Carolina. The team also waived former All-Pro cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and activated former Bucs cornerback Eric Wright from the reserve/non-football injury list. Tampa Bay traded Wright to the reigning NFC champions in July for a conditional draft pick in 2014, but he failed his physical, nullifying the deal. The Bucs then released Wright, whom they had signed last summer.

JAGUARS: Coach Gus Bradley said Justin Blackmon's suspension "was disappointing" for the wide receiver and the team. Blackmon was suspended indefinitely without pay Friday for his third violation of league substance-abuse policy in about 18 months.

JETS: Tight end Kellen Winslow, a former Buc, returned after a four-game suspension for violating policy on performance-enhancing substances. Winslow said he thought his positive test might have been due to allergy medicine.

RAMS: Tight end Lance Kendricks is expected to miss at least one week with a broken finger on his right hand.

SEAHAWKS: Center Max Unger and defensive end Red Bryant both went through concussion protocols after Sunday's game against the Bucs and coach Pete Carroll said he's unsure if either will be ready for next week's game at Atlanta.

VIKINGS: Tight end Kyle Rudolph (fractured left foot) will miss at least a month. He was hurt while catching a 31-yard touchdown pass Sunday at Dallas.

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