Monday update: Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak collapses during game, still hospitalized

Kubiak was backup QB to John Elway

HOUSTON - Houston Texans coach, and former Broncos player and coach, Gary Kubiak, will remain hospitalized for at least another 24 hours, after collapsing during a game on Sunday, according to team officials.

Kubiak hunched over and dropped to his knees at the 24 yard line. He was immediately surrounded by medical personnel. He was lifted off the field on a stretcher and taken by cart to the ambulance.

Monday, the Texans said, "Head Coach Gary Kubiak is in the company of his family and under the care of physicians and staff at a local hospital."

"Gary is alert, coherent and in good spirits," said Texans Executive VP of Football Operations and General Manager Rick Smith. "He is continuing to be evaluated and monitored.”

The Texans didn't say what was wrong with Kubiak. They only said he has gone through a battery of tests and will be hospitalized for at least the next 24 hours.

Kubiak's collapse came a day after Denver Broncos coach John Fox was hospitalized in North Carolina as he awaits aortic valve replacement surgery. The 58-year-old Fox will will miss several weeks while recuperating.

Kubiak has had no known public health problems.

Kubiak made his mark as Denver's offensive coordinator under Shanahan, winning two Super Bowls. An eighth-round pick out of Texas A&M, he spent nine years as John Elway's backup. He finished his career 4-1 as a starter, all in emergency relief of Elway.

Kubiak was hired in Houston in 2006, along with general manager Rick Smith, after the Texans finished a franchise-worst 2-14. Smith spent 10 years with Kubiak while the coach was offensive coordinator of the Broncos. Smith was Denver's defensive assistant for four seasons before moving into the front office for his last six years with the Broncos.

The pair has helped transform the Texans, which began play in 2002, from league laughingstock to contender. The team went 6-10 in their first year and 8-8 in each of the next two seasons. Expectations were high in 2010 after Houston finished at 9-7 for its first winning record in 2009. But the Texans instead fell to 6-10, which led to many fans calling for Kubiak's firing.

His original contract was due to expire after the 2010 season, but owner Bob McNair has stepped up to keep Kubiak and defended him several times amid the bumps.

Last year, the Texans announced contract extensions for both Smith and Kubiak, rewarding them for taking the team to the playoffs last year for the first time. Kubiak's three-year agreement has him under contract through 2014.

McNair said at the time he offered Kubiak a four-year deal, but the coach preferred to make it for three.

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