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Benson treated for dehydration, is 'fine'

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. – New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson is doing fine after being treated Tuesday for dehydration, according to team spokesman Greg Bensel. Benson was in attendance at both of the Saints’ practices Thursday.

“He is doing great,” said Bensel, who said via email that Benson was “treated briefly for dehydration and has had issues with [the mountain] altitude – but doing fine!”

The story was first reported by New Orleans’ WGNO-TV, which said that Benson went to the emergency room at a local West Virginia hospital and was given fluids before being released.

Benson, 87, was also taken to an emergency room in Atlanta in May during the NFL owners meetings to be evaluated for a possible concussion after stumbling and hitting his head. But he was also deemed OK after that incident. Benson was still recovering from a minor knee surgery at the time and tried to rush back to be in attendance for New Orleans’ Super Bowl bid.