WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. -- New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson returned to New Orleans late Tuesday after he was briefly hospitalized earlier in the day, according to team spokesman Greg Bensel.
Benson, 87, experienced difficulties breathing while watching his team's morning practice session at The Greenbrier.He was examined by on site, where he was administered oxygen, and subsequently transported to a local hospital for observation. Benson was cleared by doctors to return to New Orleans later that day.
Team officials believe Benson was affected by the altitude at the team's practice facility, which is roughly 2,000-feet above sea level.
Benson will not travel to St. Louis on Friday for the Saints' preseason opener, rather await his team's return to New Orleans on Aug. 14.
'He was back in the office today,' Bensel said. 'He's feeling fine and is happy to be home.'
Tuesday's episode was the second medical incident since Benson arrived with the team in West Virginia on July 23. On Tuesday, July 29, he sufferered a bout of dehydration and was taken to an area hospital, where he was treated and later released.
He returned to the sideline at practice two days later, with his wife Gayle, and granddaughter, Rita Benson LeBlanc at his side.
During the May NFL owners meetings in Atlanta, Benson, who had then recently had knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus, was taken to the hospital after he tripped and hit his head. Out of an abundance of caution, doctors administered a concussion test before clearing him to fly home.