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Elway: Kubiak Taking The Week Off

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (CBS) — John Elway, executive vice president of football operations and general manager of the Denver Broncos, said head coach Gary Kubiak will take off the week after he was hospitalized on Sunday.

“Gary is going to concentrate on Gary this week,” said Elway. “The doctors said, ‘You need to put Gary first.'”

Joe DeCamillis will fill in in Kubiak’s place.

Kubiak released this statement on Monday evening, “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.”

Elway said not taking away from play calling was a big reason to have DeCamillis be the interim head coach.

Earlier, the Broncos confirmed that Kubiak had been diagnosed with a “complex migraine condition that caused extreme fatigue and body weakness.”

Elway said, “We’re excited about Gary’s future” in terms of health and said they feel good that “Gary will continue to coach.”

The team said he was feeling better after receiving medication and was released from the hospital Monday afternoon.

“He’ll continue to go through some different tests and some different things, figure out what’s causing it,” said Elway.

The Broncos (4-1) visit San Diego (1-4) Thursday night.

“Gary can take this week to work on himself and maybe get back to normal on Monday,” said Elway.

DeCamillis said he hasn’t talked to Gary but that they have exchanged a text.

Joe DeCamillis (credit: CBS)

Joe DeCamillis (credit: CBS)

DeCamillis said the first message to the team is about Kubiak and the second message is about the quick turnaround.

RELATED: Coach Kubiak Taken To Hospital Following Broncos Loss

Kubiak, 55, was hospitalized following Denver’s 23-16 loss to the Falcons on Sunday. He was taken from the stadium via ambulance.

Kubiak had a health scare in 2013 when he was coach of the Houston Texans, suffering a “mini-stroke” and collapsing at halftime of a game against Indianapolis. He returned 10 days later, but was fired soon after.


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