In this file photo, Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak calls a play during the second half of their preseason game against the Miami Dolphins, at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas, on August 17, 2013 (AFP Photo/Scott Halleran)
Houston (AFP) – Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak collapsed at halftime of his team’s National Football League home game against Indianapolis and was taken to a nearby hospital.
The 52-year-old coach fell to the ground in pain near the 20-yard line on the Texans’ sideline on Sunday as he was walking off the field after Houston had taken a 21-3 halftime lead over the Colts.
Kubiak attempted to sit up, but was unable to stay upright. He was taken off the field and into the locker room on a stretcher before leaving the stadium in an ambulance.
Wade Phillips, a former NFL coach now serving as the Texans’ defensive coordinator, assumed the coaching duties in Kubiak’s absence.
NFL game telecaster NBC reported that Phillips said the hospital trip was a precautionary move and that Kubiak’s heart rate and pulse were both fine.
A Texans spokesman later said that Kubiak did not lose consciousness and that his family was with him.
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