Wade Phillips Medical Leave –
Wade Phillips is taking a medical leave from the Houston Texans. Wade Phillips is the defensive coordinator for the Houston Texans and needs the medical leave to have surgery. It comes at a time when his team has clinched a playoff birth and division championship since entering the NFL in 2002.
The defensive guru, who has transformed the Texans defense into the its best year in the NFL, will be missing the next game against the Carolina Panthers (4-9).
Wade Phillips medical leave pictured.
He is expected to be away from the team for a week to 10 days.
The defensive coordinator will be having surgery to resolve a kidney condition. He revealed the problem to the team on Wednesday and said it was not cancer or life threatening. However his doctors recommended having the procedure as soon as possible.
“I feel good,” Phillips said. “I don’t have any physical problems right now, so if I get this done, this procedure that I’m doing, then I’ll be fine.”
Taking over in Phillips absence will be linebackers coach Reggie Herring, which may also include the teams December 22nd game against the currently winless Indianapolis Colts.
“He’s ready to do it,” Houston coach Gary Kubiak said. “Reggie’s called defenses before. We got a lot of confidence. We just need to keep going.”
Phillips hopes to be back for the teams last regular season game against Tennessee on New Years Day.
“At the end of the day I’m not Wade Phillips,” Herring said, “but it’s Wade Phillips’ system. It’s our calls. It’s what the players know.”