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Texans Coach Gary Kubiak Is Stable After NFL Halftime Collapse

Houston Texans Coach Gary Kubiak
Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak looks at a play chart during a game against the Kansas City Chiefs on October 20, 2013. Photographer: Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images

Nov. 4 (Bloomberg) -- Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak is in stable condition after collapsing as he left the field at halftime of last night’s National Football League game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Kubiak, 52, didn’t suffer a heart attack and didn’t lose consciousness during the incident, the Texans said. He was taken off the field at Reliant Stadium in Houston after being attended to by medical personnel and then to a local hospital in an ambulance for further tests.

“He had an episode at the end of the first half where he was lightheaded and dizzy,” Texans General Manager Rick Smith said in a televised interview after the 27-24 loss. “He’s been evaluated by a number of specialists. He is awake, he’s coherent and he’s talking, so we’re just trying to get some information about what his condition is.”

Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips took over as the Texans’ coach during the second half. Houston, which led 21-3 at halftime, was outscored 24-3 in the second half.

“It was a shock to everybody,” Phillips said in his post-game interview. “But the game came down to them playing well at crunch time and we didn’t.”

Smith said Kubiak’s vital signs were stable at the hospital and he could rejoin the team today.

Kubiak’s collapse came two days after Denver Broncos coach John Fox felt lightheaded during a bye week golf outing in North Carolina because of a heart condition. Fox, 58, will undergo aortic heart valve replacement this week and take a leave of absence from the team for several weeks. Doctors had told Fox months ago that his defective aortic valve would require a procedure after the 2013 season, the team said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at matuszewski@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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