Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak to take week off after health issue

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DENVER -- Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak will take the week off following a health issue after Sunday’s game.

Special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis will coach the team this week, GM John Elway said at a Monday news conference.

"You've just got to pick up the boot straps and go," DeCamillis said at the news conference as he fills in. He praised the staff and wished Kubiak the best.

"We’ve got a great staff. Kubes set a template for us... he’s not a micromanager. We don’t see a big change this week," DeCamillis said.

The Broncos will face the Chargers on the road in a Thursday night game. Kubiak is expected to be back for next Monday night's home game against his former team, the Texans.

Kubiak was taken to a hospital with “flu-like symptoms” after Sunday’s game. He was diagnosed with a complex migraine condition that caused extreme fatigue and body weakness.

The coach is heading home from the hospital, Elway said Monday afternoon. Kubiak thanked everyone Monday night for their concern about him.

"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," Kubiak said in a statement.

Gary Kubiak - then Houston Texans head coach - was loaded on a stretcher after he collapsed on the field as the team left for halftime on November 3, 2013. It was later learned he suffered a mini-stroke. (Photo: Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Gary Kubiak - then Houston Texans head coach - was loaded on a stretcher after he collapsed on the field as the team left for halftime on November 3, 2013. It was later learned he suffered a mini-stroke. (Photo: Bob Levey/Getty Images)

“In his second season as Broncos head coach, Kubiak has paid strict attention to his health since he suffered a transient ischemic attack — often called a “mini-stroke” — during a Nov. 3, 2013 game while he was the Houston Texans’ head coach,” officials said on the team website.

“You never want to see a family member go down on national TV,” his son Klint Kubiak said at the time. “It was an incredibly scary deal.”

“The official diagnosis [was] that Kubiak suffered a TIA, or transient ischemic attack, which occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery for a short time and affects blood flow in the brain,” the NFL reported.

Gary Kubiak’s treatment after the attack as well as what caused it are details that have never been made public, and Klint Kubiak didn’t want to divulge those details. He said his dad made one concession: He was burned out.

Kubiak was dismissed by the Texans following the 2013 season but accepted an offer to become the offensive coordinator with the Baltimore Ravens about a month later.

Kubiak signed a four-year deal to become the head coach of the Broncos in Jan. 2015, after general manager John Elway dismissed head coach John Fox.