Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid is in stable condition and “doing well” after being taken from Arrowhead Stadium in an ambulance following Sunday’s 30-24 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.
Head Coach Andy Reid felt ill at the conclusion of the game. He was evaluated by our medical staff in the locker room, & as a precaution, was transported to The University of Kansas Health System for further evaluation. Coach is doing well, currently resting & in stable condition
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) September 27, 2021
James Palmer of NFL Network previously reported Reid did not speak to reporters after the loss because he was feeling sick but suggested “everything is pointing toward the Chiefs taking every precaution.”
Palmer noted the players did not even know he was sick and were then informed Reid should be all right. NFL reporter Jason La Canfora noted Reid was dehydrated and there isn’t “serious concern” about his condition. Defensive back Tyrann Mathieu addressed the situation as well:
I’m praying for my Head Coach & I’m hoping you can send up prayers with me!! One of the best men & teachers I’ve been around!!! GOD please show us your mercy!
— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) September 26, 2021
According to Blair Kerkhoff of the Kansas City Star, the head coach did speak to the team in the locker room before exiting via ambulance. “He just wasn’t feeling well after the game,” special teams coach Dave Toub said. “He did talk to the team, and it was a good talk. Pretty much, ‘You have to quit the turnovers.'”
The Chiefs had four turnovers in the game, with Patrick Mahomes throwing two interceptions and both Tyreek Hill and Clyde Edwards-Helaire losing a fumble. That was enough for the Chargers to stun the two-time defending AFC champions in Kansas City. Justin Herbert threw for 281 yards and four touchdowns, while the Los Angeles defense was able to generate enough pressure and create turnovers to at least slow the daunting Kansas City offense.
The Chiefs are now 1-2 and sit in last place in an AFC West that looks formidable in the early portion of the season.