Houston coach Gary Kubiak collapsed leaving the field at halftime of the Texans’ game Sunday night against Indianapolis and was taken by ambulance to a Houston hospital.
Kubiak hunched over and dropped to his knees near the 25-yard line and was immediately surrounded by medical personnel. He was lifted off the field on a stretcher and taken by cart to the ambulance.
The Texans didn’t say what was wrong with Kubiak, but did say he didn’t have a heart attack. The team said the 52-year-old coach, a former NFL quarterback, was conscious and was with his family as he was taken to the hospital.
Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips took over as coach in the second half.
FOX TO UNDERGO SURGERY
Denver Broncos coach John Fox was hospitalized in North Carolina as he awaited aortic valve replacement surgery.
The 58-year-old Fox will have surgery in a few days and will miss several weeks while recuperating.
Fox had been told earlier about his heart condition and was hoping to put off the operation until February. As part of his trip to North Carolina over the Broncos’ bye week, he met with his cardiologist in Raleigh and was told to seek medical attention immediately if he felt any discomfort.
On Saturday, Fox became dizzy playing golf near his offseason home in Charlotte and was taken to a hospital, where tests revealed he couldn’t wait any longer to have the surgery.
NFL LOOKS INTO BULLYING
The Miami Dolphins and the NFL are investigating allegations of player misconduct made Sunday by representatives of Jonathan Martin, the second-year lineman who has left the team to receive help for emotional issues.
The announcement by the Dolphins came Sunday afternoon, only a few hours after the team said Martin had not complained to the organization about bullying by other players. It was part of a busy day off for the team, one that included the posting of several tweets by offensive lineman Richie Incognito, who said he wants his name cleared after reports linked him to the Martin matter.
RUNNING BACKS GO DOWN
Arian Foster, Darren McFadden and Darren Sproles all went down with injuries on a painful Sunday for some of the NFL’s most versatile running backs.
After missing practice during the week with a hamstring injury, Foster started for the Houston Texans, but quickly injured his back and was ruled out for the rest of the game against Indianapolis.
Oakland’s McFadden left with a hamstring injury early in the second quarter against Philadelphia.
Sproles headed to the New Orleans locker room early in the first quarter against the New York Jets with a concussion and didn’t return to the game.
Jets leading receiver Jeremy Kerley was knocked out of the game versus the Saints with an elbow injury in the second quarter. Also, defensive back Antonio Allen left in the third quarter with a possible head injury, and linebacker Garrett McIntyre didn’t return after leaving with a knee injury. … Bills rookie receiver Robert Woods hurt his lower left leg during the loss to the Chiefs. … Raiders right tackle Matt McCants injured his foot. … Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich (foot), safety Steve Gregory (thumb) and wide receiver Austin Collie (knee) left early from the win over the Steelers.