Report: Kubiak suffered 'mini-stroke'
A day after Texans head coach Gary Kubiak collapsed on the field at halftime of Sunday night's game in Houston, the team announced on Monday that he "is alert, coherent and in good spirits. He is continuing to be evaluated and monitored."
But while the team and the league breathe a sigh of relief, an NFL.com report has surfaced which could shed light on the apparent severity of the situation .
#Texans coach Gary Kubiak has suffered what is called a TIA, per source. —a transient ischemic attack. Referred to as a mini-stroke.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 5, 2013
A TIA like Kubiak suffered involves loss of blood flow to some part of the brain, temporary but reversible loss of function. It’s treatable.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 5, 2013
The best news for #Texans coach Gary Kubiak, the source of optimism: TIAs often have no residual effects. Can recover quickly.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 5, 2013
Here is a description of TIAs (Transcient Ischemic Attack) like Gary Kubiak suffered. Called warming stroke: http://t.co/ndhqbw9A58— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 5, 2013
The official word out of Houston as of Monday night was that Kubiak did not suffer a heart attack, but that he would remain hospitalized for observation for at least 24 hours. Initial reports were that he could be back with the Texans as early as Monday, but the team said Tuesday would be the earliest he would be back.
“Our primary concern is of course with Gary’s health and well-being. 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," said Texans Executive VP of Football Operations and General Manager Rick Smith in a statement.
As the Texans and Colts headed to the locker rooms when the first half ended Sunday night, Kubiak hunched over and dropped to his knees at the 24-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 led the game at the time, 21-3, but ultimately lost to 27-24, extending their losing streak to six games and dropping their record to 2-6.
"We were all very worried," quarterback Case Keenum said. "When we went back out they told us he was . . . stable. We were all upset about that but trying to stay focused at the same time."
—The Associated Press contributed to this report