3:09pm: Bowles said postgame he was diagnosed with kidney stones and a gallbladder issue, Daryl Slater of NJ.com reports (on Twitter), after chest pains helped send him to the hospital. He still has not passed the stones, per Slater. The second-year Jets coach will undergo an operation after the season, per Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News (via Twitter).
10:40am: Bowles will indeed be on the sideline for today’s matchup against the Patriots, the team announced on Twitter.
8:30am: The Jets received some good news this morning regarding their head coach. A day after being admitted to the hospital, Todd Bowles has reportedly traveled to Foxboro and will coach against the Patriots this afternoon (via ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Twitter). In a press release, the team noted that it’s uncertain whether Bowles will be on the sideline or in the coaches booth during the contest.
Immediately following Bowles trip to the hospital, there was some fear that the 53-year-old had suffered a heart attack. Our own Sam Robinson wrote that the head coach “was throwing up, complained of chest and back pains and was unable to keep medication down.” Fortunately, doctors determined that Bowles had not suffered a heart attack, although they will monitor the coach’s condition during the offseason.
Bowles would have been sorely missed by his squad, as he’s generally the first coach in the building when he arrives at 4 a.m. Furthermore, reports from yesterday indicated that the team was missing their head coach’s energy. Had Bowles been forced to miss the game, assistant head coach Mike Caldwell would have taken over the head coach’s duties.
The Jets went 10-6 during Bowles’ first season in New York, but the team has limped to a 4-10 record this season.
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