HOUSTON, TX – Reliant Stadium was as loud as it has been all year during the first half of Sunday night’s game between the Houston Texans and the Indianapolis Colts, but it got quiet in a hurry when Texans head coach Gary Kubiak collapsed as the teams were leaving the field at halftime.
The 52-year-old coach fell to his knees and grimaced, but did not lose consciousness. Kubiak attempted to sit up momentarily and was immediately attended to by medical personnel. He looked to be in “extraordinary pain” while attempting to speak with medical personnel and was eventually taken off the field on a stretcher and brought to an undisclosed Houston-area hospital.
NBC’s Michelle Tafoya reported on Sunday Night Football’s broadcast that the hospital trip was for “precautionary reasons” and that Kubiak had been joined by his family. She also noted that the Texans did not believe Kubiak had suffered a heart attack.
Texans general manager Rick Smith noted after the game that Kubiak was "light-headed and dizzy" before dropping to one knee at halftime. Smith indicated that Kubiak has seen a number of specialists since entering the hospital, and is currently awake and coherent. Houston's general manager believed Kubiak could return to the team as soon as tomorrow.
Wade Phillips finished out the game as Houston's head coach, a 27-24 loss to the Colts.
Kubiak’s collapse comes one day after Denver Broncos head coach John Fox was hospitalized because of a heart condition, undoubtedly adding an extra layer of concern to Kubiak’s collapse.