HOUSTON — Texans coach Gary Kubiak is back after recovering from a mini-stroke, and he can't wait to coach his team on Sunday against Oakland.
"It just feels great to be back," he said. "You have a true appreciation for the opportunity that you have and the opportunity to be around the players ... and the chance to do my job again."
Kubiak, who returned to work on Monday, spoke to reporters on Wednesday for the first time since collapsing on the field at halftime in Houston's loss to Indianapolis on Nov. 3.
He said doctors have limited his work this week, but that he will lead the team when the Texans try to break a franchise-record seven-game losing streak when they play the Raiders.
"I'm on kind of a different schedule — kind of hard to adjust to, but I'm adjusting to it," he said. "I'm listening to them."
The workaholic coach said he has learned through this ordeal he must take the advice of others — and slow down some.
"I've obviously got a lot of people telling me what I need to do," he said. "Some great people over at Methodist (hospital) that I've been dealing with for the last week and a half, plus my wife is pretty rough to deal with right now."
The 52-year-old Kubiak suffered a transient ischemic attack, or TIA, which occurs when blood flow to the brain is briefly interrupted, typically by a blood clot or narrowed blood vessels. TIAs are often called mini-strokes and can cause stroke-like symptoms including sudden dizziness or unconsciousness. Experts say they are often a warning sign for a future stroke, particularly within three months of a TIA.
The numbers keep piling up and so do the wins.
Still, for anyone watching closely, it's hard to fight the feeling that something's not quite right with Peyton Manning.
The feeling snuck up again Wednesday.
With the undefeated Chiefs next on the schedule, Manning sat out of the week's first practice to give his tender ankles — which make him feel like the James Caan character in the movie "Misery," as Jim Nantz recounted Manning telling him — a bit of a rest.
"It's my preference to be out there, but at the same time, I kind of do what's best for the team in order for me to get healthy," said Manning, who participated in the team walk-through, then headed to the trainer's room for rehab.
Not that giving a 16-year veteran a day off every now and then is all that unusual — or that giving Denver's "Plan B," backup Brock Osweiler, some much-needed work with the first team is such a bad idea.