The joy of a Case Keenum powered 21-3 halftime lead over the Indianapolis Colts turned to despair quickly — with Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak taken off the field on a stretcher.
Kubiak collapsed as the teams headed for the locker room at halftime, creating a tense, frantic scene at Reliant Stadium. The Texans head coach was quickly surrounded by medical personnel. NBC's Michelle Tafoya — who has special on-field, in-game access as the sideline TV reporter — says that Kubiak had trouble keeping his eyes open during a delay that had him getting examined on the field for nearly 10 minutes.
She reported that Kubiak looked to be in "extraordinary pain." Houston Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips told Tafoya the hospital trip was "precautionary" though.
The incident started when Kubiak went to his knees as he started to walk as halftime hit. In another moment, the 52-year-old coach was on his back.
"I kind of saw him going down to his knee and trying to get back," Texans defensive end Antonio Smith. "And it seemed like he was having trouble with that."
Once Kubiak was more secure, he was lifted on a stretcher and put in an ambulance. Texans PR says that he's been taken to a local hospital, noting that he is conscious and his family is with him.
Both Texans owner Bob McNair and chief operating officer Cal McNair came down to the field to check on Kubiak. With Kubiak in the hospital, Phillips took over as head coach for the rest of the game. The Texans ended up being outscored 24-3 in the second half without Kubiak, losing 27-24.