Texans’ Kubiak released from hospital; Phillips expected to coach vs. Cardinals


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Texans coach Gary Kubiak has been cleared to leave the hospital and return home.

Kubiak, 52, is expected to miss Sunday’s game at Arizona and return to coaching next week. He suffered a mini-stroke after collapsing during halftime against the Indianapolis Colts last Sunday at Reliant Stadium.

Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips is expected to coach the Texans against the Cardinals. Phillips took over for Kubiak against Indy. The Texans eventually fell 27-24 to the Colts.

Phillips, 66, has coached five other teams, including the Cowboys and Bills. He holds an 82-61 career record.

Kubiak normally is the Texans’ offensive playcaller. Offensive coordinator Rick Dennison took over those duties against the Colts after Kubiak collapsed.

The Texans are off Tuesday and will return to practice Wednesday.

A mini-stroke officially is called a transient ischemic attack. TIA often serves as a warning stroke. It occurs when blood clots briefly block an artery and interrupt blood flow to part of the brain. In such cases, the body’s defenses act on their own to dissolve the clot. Symptoms of such attacks are similar to those of a stroke but don’t last as long.

Dr. James Grotta, chairman of neurology at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, said patients suspected of a stroke or TIA typically remain at the hospital to determine the cause and appropriate medication going forward. About one in three people who suffer a TIA eventually has a full stroke, often within a year.

On Monday, the Texans issued a brief release, saying Kubiak is “alert, coherent and in good spirits.”

“Our primary concern is, of course, with Gary’s health and well-being,” Texans general manager Rick Smith said in the statement Monday. “There have been so many people throughout the city and across the country that have reached out to express their love and support, and we are thankful for everyone’s thoughts and prayers.”

Update (11:46 a.m.): Kubiak has been released from the hospital.

Nicholas Norman is a founder and contributor at "DistinctAthlete.com." He is also the sports editor for long standing newspaper in Houston called "The Houston Forward Times." Nicholas had a love for sports at a young age growing up in South Carolina. He became one of the top football prospects coming out of high school and decided to play collegiate football at Troy University. You can follow Nicholas on twitter @nicholasanorman