Phillips taking medical leave from Texans

Spinning off a Houston Chronicle story this morning, I wrote about the possibility of Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips getting in the mix for another head-coaching job.

The Texans just announced that Phillips is taking a leave of absence from the team “due to a scheduled surgical procedure later this week.”

He’s expected to return later this year.

In that context, the original headline on my earlier post could have read insensitively. I apologize for the unfortunate timing on that.

Hopefully Phillips won’t be out long. He’s been a huge factor in the team’s No. 1 defense. But the Texans have been overcoming key losses all season. They’ve won without Arian Foster, without Mario Williams, without Andre Johnson and without Matt Schaub.

Now we’ll see if they can win without the coach of their defense.

Linebackers coach Reggie Herring will call the defense with Phillips away. Herring coached with the Texans from 2002-03, then rejoined the Texans before this season as a top lieutenant for Phillips.

Phillips is slated to talk to the Houston media after practice and we will look to bring you more then.