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NFL notebook: Houston’s Kubiak has ministroke

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Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak is out of the hospital after suffering what the team said was a ministroke, but there’s no word on when he will resume coaching duties.

The team said the 52-year-old Kubiak suffered a transient ischemic attack at halftime of Sunday’s loss to Indianapolis. He was released from the hospital on Tuesday and is expected to make a full recovery.

“I’ve been through an ordeal and my focus now is to get back to good health,” Kubiak said in a statement released by the team. “Doctors have told me I will make a full recovery.”

Kubiak collapsed on the field and was rushed to a hospital. The Texans blew an 18-point lead without him and the 27-24 setback was the team’s sixth consecutive loss.

A transient ischemic attack, or TIA, occurs when blood flow to the brain is briefly interrupted, typically by a blood clot or narrowed blood vessels. TIAs are often called ministrokes and can cause stroke-like symptoms including sudden dizziness, numbness, vision loss or unconsciousness, though symptoms last only a few minutes or a few hours and no permanent brain damage occurs. TIAs are often a warning sign for a future stroke.

Rodgers not sure of return

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said Tuesday he has a fractured left collarbone and has no idea yet how long he will be out.

The 2011 NFL MVP offered details of the injury on his weekly radio show on 540-AM ESPN. He got hurt after getting sacked by Shea McClellin on a third-down play during the Packers’ first series while he was scrambling outside the pocket. Rodgers hurt his left, non-throwing shoulder.

“I do have a fractured collarbone. That’s a significant injury,” Rodgers said. “We’ll know more about the severity and the timetable later this week.”

Rodgers said he was holding out hope he would heal quickly.

Former Browns quarterback Seneca Wallace, who wasn’t even in Packers training camp this offseason, will take over the offense when the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

Wallace was signed before the week of the season opener after Green Bay jettisoned three other backup candidates.

Wallace was ineffective in relief in the 27-20 loss against the Bears, finishing 11-for-19 for 114 yards and an interception. It was his first game since Jan. 1, 2012.

Fair investigation

The NFL Players Association said it will insist on a fair investigation for all involved in the Miami Dolphins harassment case, including suspended guard Richie Incognito.

The league is investigating the relationship Incognito had with teammate Jonathan Martin, who left the team last week because of emotional issues. Incognito was suspended indefinitely by coach Joe Philbin for his treatment of Martin.

Incognito, speaking publicly for the first time since his suspension Sunday, was interviewed briefly by a reporter for WSVN-TV.

“I’m just trying to weather the storm right now,” Incognito said before getting into his car. “This will pass.”

Dolphins officials didn’t respond to requests for comment. The team practiced Tuesday for its game Monday night at Tampa Bay, but had no media availability.

Incognito’s harassment of Martin included text messages that were racist and threatening, two people familiar with the situation have said. The 6-foot-5, 312-pound Martin, a second-year pro, is biracial. Incognito, a guard in his ninth NFL season, is white.

The case leaves the 30-year-old Incognito’s career in doubt, and an associate professor at the University of Miami School of Law said he could face criminal charges.

“This can be pursued as an extortion case,” Tamara Lave said. “It could also be pursued as making some kind of threat against the other player’s life. ... This particular cultural moment is one in which people are very upset about bullying and hazing.”

No criminal investigation has been disclosed.

Around the league

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said on his radio show that defensive end DeMarcus Ware was likely to return after missing the first three games of his nine-year career with a thigh injury. The Cincinnati Bengals signed defensive tackle Kheeston Randall to fill the roster spot of All-Pro Geno Atkins, out for the season with a torn knee ligament. The Carolina Panthers re-signed free agent guard/center Geoff Hangartner. The Denver Broncos activated center J.D. Walton to their 53-man roster and placed guard John Moffitt on the reserve/left squad list. Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley is done for the season after the team placed him on injured reserve. Green Bay also placed linebacker Sam Barrington (hamstring) on injured reserve, and activated tackle Derek Sherrod from the reserve/physically unable to perform list. The Chicago Bears placed receiver Joe Anderson on injured reserve because of an abdominal and groin injury and waived defensive tackle Zach Minter The Kansas City Chiefs have activated rookie defensive back Sanders Commings from injured reserve and waived defensive back Bradley McDougald to clear space on their roster.


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