Houston coach Kubiak collapses at halftime

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 hospital.

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


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 was

conscious and was with his family as he was taken to the


Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips took over as coach in the

second half.

The Texans led the Colts 24-12 at the end of the third


Kubiak’s collapse came a day after Denver Broncos coach John Fox

was hospitalized in North Carolina as he awaits aortic value

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 surgery.

The Colts scored nine points in the third quarter, highlighted

by a 10-yard TD pass from Andrew Luck to T.Y. Hilton on a

third-and-10 to make it 24-12.

Adam Vinatieri kicked field goals of 30 and 35 yards in the

second and third quarters for the Colts, who struggled


Case Keenum threw three touchdown passes to Andre Johnson for

Houston, the last a 5-yarder with 39 seconds left. The TD came

after Keenum scrambled 22 yards for a first down.

In the first quarter Keenum, making his second career start,

connected on a 62-yard scoring pass to Andre Johnson on the third

play of the game, and added a 41-yarder with 4:21 left. It marked

the first time since 2010 that Johnson caught two TD passes in a


The Colts were playing their first game since losing star

receiver Reggie Wayne for the season. Wayne tore his right ACL in

an Oct. 20 win over Denver and had surgery.

Texans running back Arian Foster, who missed practice earlier in

the week with a hamstring injury, left late in the quarter with a

back injury and the team said he wouldn’t return.

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