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Marcus Benard collapses in locker room

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Very scary...hopefully he is alright.




BEREA, Ohio -- Browns linebacker Marcus Benard collapsed to the floor in the locker room today and trainers rushed to tend to him. An ambulance was called and he was taken to a nearby hospital for observation at 12:25 today. He was sitting up and conscious as he was wheeled on the stretcher into the ambulance.


Browns spokesman Neal Gulkis said Benard was stable and alert and was taken to a local hospital for further testing. Gulkis would not name the hospital.


Benard was sitting on a chair in front of his locker and talking on a cellphone when he rolled to the ground. Teammates were unsure what happened. After a few seconds, linebacker Matt Roth rushed to the trainer's room to get help. Benard never lost consciousness lying on the ground.


The incident occurred just before players took the field for practice with media finishing up interviews.

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Twitter account from Akron Beacon Journal is capturing some of the early details:




Ambulance in front of #Browns training facility, presumably for LB Marcus Benard, who collapsed in locker room a few minutes ago. #NFL 2 minutes ago via Twitter for Android

#Browns LB Matt Roth thought Marcus Benard was joking at first, but then yelled for trainers when he realized it was serious. Frightening. 6 minutes ago via web

#Browns LB Marcus Benard fell out of his chair in the locker room & was dazed on the ground. Trainers attended to him as media escorted out. 11 minutes ago via web

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