‘Highlight of practice’: Kubiak visits Texans

Updated: November 7, 2013, 3:48 PM ET

Tania Ganguli | ESPN.com

HOUSTON — Texans coach Gary Kubiak made an appearance near the end of practice Thursday, visiting the team as he recovers from a transient ischemic attack he suffered during Sunday night’s 27-24 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

Interim head coach Wade Phillips called it the “highlight of practice.”

Kubiak, 52, has not been with the team since being taken to a hospital in an ambulance during halftime of Sunday’s game. He was released from the hospital Tuesday and said in a statement that his doctors said he would make a full recovery.

Phillips took over his duties in the second half Sunday and was officially named interim coach for the week Wednesday.

Phillips said Kubiak told players he missed them and that he was feeling well.

“Mostly that he missed them and how much he missed [being here],” Phillips said when asked what Kubiak’s message was to players. “You don’t realize until you’re away from it a little bit how much you miss the team and being around them and that kind of thing. And that he felt good. That was his message.”

Kubiak will not be with the Texans as they travel to Arizona to face the Cardinals on Sunday.

The Texans could also be without running back Arian Foster, who missed practice again Thursday. Foster aggravated a back injury against the Colts and played only the first series of that game. Phillips said Foster’s health is still being evaluated.

  • Previously covered Texans for Houston Chronicle and Jaguars for Florida Times-Union
  • Northwestern University graduate

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