After the Denver Broncos lost their first game of the season, a 23-16 clunker to the Atlanta Falcons, Gary Kubiak addressed the media and confronted his team's uncharacteristic performance. Not long after, he was in an ambulance.
Kubiak was transported to a nearby hospital as a "precuation," as the team described it, for flu-like symptoms that the coach was experiencing.
"After Sunday's game, coach Kubiak had flu-like symptoms and was taken to a hospital as a precaution. He's currently being evaluated," Broncos VP of Public Relations, Patrick Smyth, said.
Given the context of Kubiak's recent medical history, the news is fairly concerning. During a Sunday Night Football game in 2013 when his Houston Texans were playing the Indianapolis Colts, Kubiak suffered a mini-stroke immediately after the end of the first half. The incident led to a diagnosis of transient aschemic attack, leading Kubiak to evaluate his approach to head coaching in the NFL.
Kubiak began taking a drug that prevented clots, and after missing a game, he returned to coach from the booth and then finally the sideline.
Especially on a short week with the Broncos playing in San Diego on Thursday, Kubiak's return and availability will certainly be in question over the next few days leading up to the game. One would have to assume that Wade Phillips, who both coached the Broncos in the mid-90's and was Kubiak's interim in 2013, would assume the role of head coach should Kubiak be unable to return in time.
Of course, football is not the primary concern at the moment. Hopefully, a "precaution" is it all is.
UPDATE: The team has released a statement on the condition of Coach Kubiak.
"After experiencing flu-like symptoms following Sunday’s game, Denver Broncos Head Coach Gary Kubiak underwent several precautionary tests at the hospital. These included an MRI and CT scan, both of which came back normal. Coach Kubiak was diagnosed with a complex migraine condition that caused extreme fatigue and body weakness. He received medication and is feeling much better with an expected release from the hospital this afternoon. Executive Vice President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway will be available to the media at 2 p.m. MDT to give a further update on Coach Kubiak’s status for this week.”
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Will Keys is an Editor for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @WillKeys6.