Chiefs head coach Andy Reid returns to podium following health scare

Kansas City Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chiefs head coach Andy Reid didn’t say much about his health scare that happened after Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.

“Good to see everybody. I guess I’ll start with my injury report,” Reid said Wednesday during media availability Wednesday, a day after he returned to work at 1 Arrowhead Drive.

“I’m feeling great, first of all, and it’s good to be back, and we’ll just get on with business as usual here,” Reid said.

The Chiefs said Reid was taken to the hospital Sunday after feeling ill. He did not address the media that day and was taken to University of Kansas Health System for more tests.

He was released from the hospital Monday, but declined to talk specifics about his treatment or the reason he ended up hospitalized.

“I’d probably just skip that. I’ll just leave it,” Reid said of his health. “I’m not much for talking about all that stuff. I wish it had never happened. It did. I appreciate the doctors for taking care of me. They were phenomenal.”

The 63-year-old coach doesn’t have a known history of significant health issues, though he’s spoken about in the past about losing weight and getting into better shape; he was using a cane over the summer.

Players said they were not aware that Reid had been taken to the hospital until after Coach Dave Toub took over postgame duties.

“It’s obviously a little concerning, anytime you have to go to the hospital and do that type of stuff, but uh, [Chiefs trainer Rick] Burkholder and those guys they kept us informed. They kept the leaders on the team informed, and we kept everyone informed. I mean everything looked good, and he’s back and everything is totally normal now,” quarterback Patrick Mahomes said.

Mahomes also didn’t seem concerned about Reid’s health after his release from the hospital.

“I know he loves this sport. He loves being able to coach us. I’ve always thought if you’re doing something that makes you happy, usually it helps you live longer. Pretty sure he loves what he does and uh I’m sure Tammy [Reid] will help him stay healthy as time goes on,” Mahomes said.

The Chiefs travel to Reid’s former team, the Philadelphia Eagles, on Sunday to try and get back to a .500 record. Reid will also try to pick up his 100th win as a head coach of the two franchises.

Reid seems to be looking forward to returning to Philadelphia.

“There wasn’t a cheesesteak I didn’t like there,” Reid joked.

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