HOUSTON – Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak was taken to a local hospital after collapsing on the field at Reliant Stadium just before halftime Sunday night.
Witnesses said Kubiak, 52, fell to his knees as the team was heading to the locker room as time expired for the first half of play against the Indianapolis Colts.
Texans GM Rick Smith said after the game that Kubiak had 'an episode' on the field and that he had felt light-headed and dizzy. Smith said Kubiak could be back with the team as early as Monday.
According to football announcers at the time, Kubiak seemed responsive as medical staff attended to him. He was seen sitting up before he was taken off on a stretcher.
Announcers said he appeared to be in a lot of pain. Kubiak's family was with him as he was taken away.
Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips served as interim coach for the rest of the Texans game. Phillips has experience as a head coach from his time with the Dallas Cowboys, Atlanta Falcons and Buffalo Bills.
Phillips said that Kubiak was being taken to the hospital as just a precautionary measure.
Offensive coordinator Rick Dennison took over calling the plays.
The Texans led the Colts, 21-3, heading into halftime. Kubiak and the team have come under a lot of scrutiny this season as they have failed to meet fan expectations. The Texans lost to the Colts 27-24.
Kubiak is the second NFL coach to be hospitalized this weekend.
Denver Broncos John Fox was hospitalized after feeling dizzy while in playing golf in Charlotte, N.C. Fox remains hospitalized as he awaits aortic value replacement surgery.