Kubiak alert after collapse; Del Rio named Broncos interim coach

The Houston Texans sent out a press release Monday updating the condition of head coach Gary Kubiak.

Kubiak collapsed while running off the field and into the locker room during halftime of the Texans’ Sunday night game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Kubiak fell to his knees around the 24-yard line near the Texans’ sideline. He attempted to sit up, but was unable to stay upright. He was carted off the field on a stretcher and was taken to a local hospital.

On Monday, the Texans said Kubiak went through a battery of tests at the hospital, that he was admitted overnight and that he will remain there for at least the next 24 hours.

The team also said that Kubiak experienced dizziness and a light-headed feeling before going to his knees.

“Our primary concern is of course with Gary’s health and well-being,” Texans general manager Rick Smith said. “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. Gary is alert, coherent and in good spirits. He is continuing to be evaluated and monitored.”

Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips took over as interim coach after Kubiak left.

Del Rio to coach Broncos

The Denver Broncos have named defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio interim head coach while John Fox is out.

The Broncos announced the move Monday morning with Fox expected to miss several weeks as he recovers from an aortic heart valve replacement.

Fox was taken by ambulance to a Charlotte, N.C.-area hospital Saturday after complaining of lightheadedness during a golf outing. He had surgery Monday and is in recovery.

“Our main concern is the well-being of John Fox and getting him healthy,” Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway said.

Denver has gotten off to a 7-1 start in 2013 and currently sits second in the AFC West standings.

Del Rio spent nine years as the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2003-11. He went 68-71 at the helm in Jacksonville (2003-2011), but the team failed to post a winning record in each of his last four seasons.

Del Rio, who joined the Broncos in 2012, will also continue his role as the team’s defensive coordinator.

“I’ve been a head coach and a (defensive) playcaller before. The way we’re situated now, that’s the best way to go forward,” Del Rio said.

The Broncos, who are coming off a bye, play at San Diego on Sunday.


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