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Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak cleared to return home following mini-stroke

Kubiak is “alert, coherent and in good spirits" following mini-stroke.
Posted By Evan Bleier   |   Nov. 5, 2013 at 10:51 AM   |   Comments

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(UPI) -- After suffering a mini-stroke during halftime against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday Night Football, Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak has been cleared to leave the hospital and return home.

Kubiak, 52, is not likely to be back on the sidelines for Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals, and defensive coordinator Wade Phillips is expected to take over head coaching duties.

Phillips, 66, has previously been head coach for the Dallas Cowboys and Buffalo Bills and has a career record of 82-61.

After Kubiak, who normally calls the Texans’ offensive plays, left the game, offensive coordinator Rick Dennison took over play-calling responsibilities. The Texans ended up losing to the Colts 27-24.

Mini-strokes are officially known as transient ischemic attacks or TIAs. About one in three people who suffer a TIA eventually have a full stroke, sometimes within a year.

In a statement on Monday, the Texans said Kubiak is “alert, coherent and in good spirits.”

“Our primary concern is, of course, with Gary’s health and well-being,” said Texans general manager Rick Smith. “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.”

It’s possible that Kubiak will return to the team in Week 11 after missing a week.


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