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Houston Texans Coach Gary Kubiak Had Mini-Stroke, NFL Team Says

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

Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak, who collapsed on the way to the locker at halftime during last weekend’s game, suffered a mini-stroke, the team said.

Kubiak, 52, was released from Houston Methodist Hospital and is expected to make a full recovery, according to a statement from the National Football League team. It didn’t say when he would return to coaching.

“I’ve been through an ordeal and my focus now is to get back to good health,” Kubiak said in the statement.

Kubiak collapsed on his way to the locker room at halftime of the Nov. 3 game with his team leading the Indianapolis Colts by 18 points. Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips stepped in for Kubiak as the Colts staged a second-half comeback that gave the Texans their sixth straight defeat, 27-24. The team didn’t name an interim coach.

The medical term for the injury Kubiak suffered is transient ischemic attack, which occurs when the blood flowing to the brain is interrupted, usually by a narrowing of the vessels or a clot, according to the Mayo Clinic website.

Denver Broncos coach John Fox had aortic valve replacement surgery yesterday and is sidelined indefinitely, with defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio named as his interim replacement. Fox, 58, was diagnosed after feeling lightheaded while playing golf last week, when the Broncos had their schedule bye.

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