SAN DIEGO (AP) — Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has been hospitalized after complaining of stomach pain.
Cardinals spokesman Mark Dalton said that, after arriving for the team’s joint practice with the Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on Tuesday night, Arians told his medical staff he was not feeling well and had stomach pain.
Dalton said later that Arians had undergone tests and would remain hospitalized overnight. Dalton said there would be no further updates until Wednesday.
The 63-year-old Arians, a two-time NFL Coach of the Year, is in his fourth season in Arizona. He led the Cardinals to a 13-3 record and a playoff victory over Green Bay in the playoffs last season before a blowout loss at Carolina in the NFC championship game.
Dalton said Arians, one of the big personalities in the league as shown on Amazon.com’s “All or Nothing” series, was evaluated by medical personnel at the stadium and taken to the hospital for further evaluation.
The practice went on without the coach.
“I was like, ‘where is he?’ Cardinals tackle D.J. Humprhires said. “Then they brought us all up and they told us. I hope he is OK. They said he is fine and he is just in the hospital getting everything all done.
“B.A. is a big deal in my life. He’s helped me out a lot through the whole process and I just want to make sure he is all right. And from what they told us, he is.
“I definitely missed him. He wasn’t here to cuss people out when they mess up every now and then. That was what I was listening for.”
Arians had held his media availability at the team hotel earlier in the day and seemed his usual self.
When the news of Arians going to the hospital was shown on the stadium’s big screen during the practice, the small crowd applauded in support of the coach.
The Cardinals and Chargers planned a second joint workout on Wednesday. The teams meet Friday night in San Diego in a preseason game.
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