DENVER — Broncos coach Gary Kubiak experienced flu-like symptoms and was taken from the stadium to a hospital by ambulance following Denver’s 23-16 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
Team spokesman Patrick Smyth said Kubiak was transported as a precaution about 45 minutes after the game.
Players had already left the stadium, but some tweeted their well wishes to their coach upon learning of his illness.
“Prayers out for Coach Kub!” safety T.J. Ward wrote from his account.
Kubiak had a health scare in 2013 when he was coach of the Houston Texans, suffering a “mini-stroke” in a frightening scene in which he collapsed at halftime during a game against the Colts. He returned to the sideline 10 days later but was soon fired.
After spending a year as Baltimore’s offensive coordinator in 2014, Broncos general manager John Elway gave Kubiak his second chance at being a head coach. And when he took the job, Kubiak said he’d learned his lesson to spread out the workload and the pressure among his coaching staff.
He had no health problems last season when he guided the Broncos to a win in the Super Bowl.
The Broncos (4-1) have a short turnaround with a game Thursday night at San Diego. They have two nighttime practices this week before flying out Wednesday.
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