Gary Kubiak Hospitalized: Updates on Broncos Coach's Status and Return

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist

TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 2: Head Coach Gary Kubiak of the Denver Broncos on the sidelines during the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on October 2, 2016 in Tampa, Florida. Denver defeated Tampa Bay 27 to 7. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
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Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak was dealing with flu-like symptoms Oct. 9 and was taken to a hospital after his team's loss in Week 5 to the Atlanta Falcons, according to Patrick Smyth, the team's vice president of public relations.

Kubiak was unable to coach in Week 6 against the San Diego Chargers, but he has been cleared to return.

Continue for updates.

Kubiak Comments on Status

Monday, Oct. 17

Kubiak told reporters Monday he was feeling "really good," via Aric DiLalla of DenverBroncos.com. Kubiak added he feels "very comfortable with where I'm headed and how I'm feeling."

"It was different for me," Kubiak said, according to DiLalla. "It was different to me. They've obviously had some conversations trying to discuss what happened both times. But to me they were different. Like I said, I feel very good."

Kubiak released the following statement Oct. 10, via Smyth, expressing confidence in interim head coach Joe DeCamillis and thanking trainer Steve "Greek" Antonopulos for his treatment:

I'm feeling much better and am thankful for everyone's thoughts and well-wishes. It's tough not being there with our team this week, but I've got great confidence in Joe D, our coordinators and coaching staff, and all of our players.

Greek and the medical team did an outstanding job taking care of me and getting this figured out. I've made a lot of positive changes health-wise in recent years and will continue to listen to doctors.

I'll be at home this week, resting and getting healthy, and I look forward to rejoining our team on Monday.

Kubiak Returns to Broncos Facility

Monday, Oct. 17

Smyth announced Kubiak will meet with the media after Monday's practice session.

Elway Comments on Kubiak's Status and Recovery

Monday, Oct. 10

Broncos general manager John Elway told reporters Kubiak will not coach against the Chargers and will return to the team Oct. 17. Elway added that special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis will be the interim head coach.

Elway later told reporters he's "very encouraged" regarding Kubiak's health but said the head coach is "very tired" and the team did not give him a chance to say he could coach this week.

James Palmer of NFL Network added that how much contact Kubiak can have with the team and how much he'll be involved in planning for the San Diego game will be left up to doctors.

Latest on Kubiak's Condition

Monday, Oct. 10

The Broncos announced Monday that Kubiak has been diagnosed with a "complex migraine condition that caused extreme fatigue and body weakness." Kubiak was given medication and is "feeling much better with an expected release from the hospital this afternoon."

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported earlier Monday morning that Kubiak underwent testing at the hospital but that many of the tests were precautionary.

Schefter added Kubiak was feeling better. Schefter, citing a Broncos official, also noted the organization was "encouraged" by the medical tests.

Nick Groke of the Denver Post noted Sunday the 55-year-old left in an ambulance after the players had cleared the locker room.

Vic Lombardi of Altitude TV was told Kubiak was feeling ill throughout the game.

T.J. Ward Tweets His Support for Kubiak

Sunday, Oct. 9

T.J. Ward @BossWard43

Prayers out for Coach Kub! 🙏🏾

Kubiak Endured Health Scare in the Past

Kubiak notably collapsed on the field in 2013, when he was the head coach of the Houston Texans.

According to Marc Sessler of NFL.com, the coach had suffered a transient ischemic attack.

"I don't think it changed me as a person," Kubiak said of the incident, per Sessler. "I think after going through that and talking to a lot of doctors there in Houston and those type of things, it made me change a little bit as a coach and how I go about things."


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