Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was hospitalized during the game against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday afternoon after taking an accidental hit on the sideline. His immediate condition is unclear, though he isn't expected to return to the game.

Coaching maladies in Denver

The injury occurred approximately midway through the second quarter with Denver sporting a 10-7 lead. Philip Rivers threw an interception to Broncos cornerback Bradley Roby, which led to a chase from Chargers running back Melvin Gordon, who unintentionally bowled the defensive coordinator over on the sideline.

Medical attention was swift as Phillips was loaded on to a stretcher and to a waiting ambulance.

He was waving his index finger as he was carter off the field, and the 69-year old has maintained movement in his extremities since the incident. Linebackers coach Reggie Herring takes over the defense for the remainder of the game.

This isn't the first medical issue the Broncos coaching staff has faced this season. Head coach Gary Kubiak was taken to a hospital after a game earlier this month with flu-like symptoms, eventually being diagnosed with a migraine condition. He was forced to miss a week, and it wouldn't be surprising to see the Broncos take a cautious approach with Phillips as well.

A coaching lifer

Wade Phillips has been coaching in some capacity in the NFL since being hired as the defensive line coach of the Houston Oilers in 1976. He served as the defensive coordinator of the Broncos from 1989-1992, and even served as their head coach for two seasons after that. He made several stops as an interim or full head coach in his career, including the Atlanta Falcons, the New Orleans Saints, the Buffalo Bills, the Dallas Cowboys (he was fired mid-season), and the Houston Texans, though each ended poorly.

The highlight of his career was last season, when he won his first Super Bowl as the defensive coordinator of a dominant Broncos unit. He was named NFL Assistant Coach of the Year after the season.

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