Wade Phillips runs practice in Kubiak's absence

November, 4, 2013
11/04/13
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HOUSTON -- When Texans players came to work this morning, they didn't see head coach Gary Kubiak's face or hear his voice as they returned to business.

"His truck’s always the first one here and the last to leave," defensive end J.J. Watt said. "The guy lives for it. The guys lives and breathes this game. He puts it all out there for us and we hope to get him back out there soon."

Players know about what the public knows. That Kubiak is in good spirits and that he'll spend another night in the hospital. Receiver Andre Johnson, the only player on the team who predates Kubiak, thinks Kubiak will coach on Sunday. He's basing that on what he knows about Kubiak's passion for the game.

"For me if I had to tell him I'd tell him to worry about his health first," Johnson said. "I think that's the biggest thing. This is just a game. Your health is more important. He has family, kids, cousins, aunties, uncles. You have people that mean a lot to you, more than just this football game. This football game is going to be here. It's not going anywhere. So I would tell him to worry about his health."

While the Texans haven't made a decision yet on who will be their interim head coach, or if they'll even need an interim head coach, defensive coordinator Wade Phillips ran Houston's activities on Monday. They had the same light practice and team meeting they do every week.

"I think the best way to help someone in his situation is just winning," running back Ben Tate said. "If we can turn this thing around and start winning I think it will take a lot more stress off him. I think the best thing to do is prepare the best we can and start winning some games."

Tania Ganguli

ESPN Houston Texans reporter

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