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Saints say Benson is "fine" after fall at meetings

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ATLANTA (AP) -- Saints spokesman Greg Bensel says Tom Benson is ''fine'' after falling and hitting his head as he walked off of a podium during Tuesday's NFL owners meetings in Atlanta.

Benson was taken from the meetings by ambulance to a hospital, where Bensel says the owner was being examined for concussion symptoms before his scheduled flight home to New Orleans.

The fall occurred after a New Orleans contingent presented its bid for the 2018 Super Bowl.

''Following my presentation, I accidentally tripped and hit my head, having had knee surgery just over a week ago,'' Benson said. ''Out of an abundance of caution, the doctors wanted to clear me before we fly back home tonight.''

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the 86-year-old Benson ''fortunately appears to be fine and as a precautionary step was taken to a hospital.''

New Orleans was among three finalists, along with Minneapolis and Indianapolis. After four rounds of voting, the Minneapolis bid won.

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