Texans coach Gary Kubiak isn't expected to return to the Houston sideline until Week 11 at the earliest, but he did find the energy to make a brief appearance at the Texans practice on Thursday.
It was the first time Kubiak's been at a Texans practice since suffering what the team called a 'mini-stroke' at halftime of Houston's game against Indianapolis on Sunday night. Kubiak fell to the ground just before halftime and was rushed to the hospital.
The 52-year-old coach suffered a transient ischemic attack (TIA). TIA is considered a "warning stroke" and occurs by a temporary blood clot. Kubiak was released from the hospital on Tuesday and had been at home recovering since then.
After Thursday's practice, Kubiak spoke with the team, according to interim coach Wade Phillips. "He talked to the players a little bit and everybody was excited to see him," Phillips said, via the Texans official website. "He looked pretty good so that was really the highlight. We had a good practice. I thought our guys were really into it."
Although Thursday marked Kubiak's first time at the team's facilities since Sunday, he has been in contact with both Phillips and offensive coordinator Rick Dennison.
"I will say this, I've spoken with him," Dennison said on Wednesday. "He's called me more than I've responded, but I did respond. He's more or less just making sure everything is OK around here. He has great concern for the team and the players and the coaches. We just tell him to rest and relax. He has not really brought up any football facts. He just wants to make sure everybody is operating and that everybody is staying positive and that we're up there grinding."
Barring any setbacks, Kubiak is expected to return for the Houston's Nov. 17 game against Oakland. However, when you're talking about someone's health, nothing is set in stone. Until Kubiak does return, Phillips will serve as interim coach. The 66-year-old defensive coordinator has a 82-61 career record as a head coach.