Houston Texans News: Wade Phillips Takes Medical Leave of Absence

Brett StephenAnalyst IIDecember 14, 2011

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 16: Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips of the Houston Texans looks from the sidelines against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on October 16, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens won 29-14.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Houston Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will take a two week medical leave of absence to undergo an undisclosed medical procedure.

Phillips is expected to explain in more detail after practice today.

While you never want to see a coordinator of this caliber miss games, the next two weeks are perfect timing, as the Texans face the Carolina Panthers and Indianapolis Colts.

The Panthers offense is formidable, but despite not being on the sidelines, Phillips is sure to have put in a game plan to disrupt the attack of rookie quarterback Cam Newton.

As far as the Colts, I’m sure I could act as the defensive coordinator and win that game. 

Alright, maybe not me, but linebackers coach Reggie Herring should be up for the task. 

The Texans will have no problem stopping the Colts in Phillips’ absence.

Phillips has been the main factor in the Texans' miraculous season. 

He has taken a defense that was laughed at by NFL offenses a year ago and turned it into one of the most feared defenses in the league.

Phillips is expected to return to the sidelines for the Texans in the playoffs, and with two weeks to do nothing but think and relax, opposing quarterbacks better beware.

A reinvigorated Phillips will surely throw a lot of new wrinkles at his guys when he returns.

For right now, on behalf of all Texans fans, I would like to wish Phillips the best with his procedure and a speedy recovery.