Saints owner Tom Benson hospitalized to get oxygen

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. — After experiencing altitude-related symptoms, Saints owner Tom Benson left team practice at The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia on Tuesday to receive oxygen, according to club spokesman Greg Bensel. Bensel said Benson received his treatment at a hospital in nearby Lewisburg, West Virginia, while under the care of Saints physician Dr. John Amoss.

A series of tests did not uncover any issues or complications, and Benson had been released by Tuesday afternoon.

“He is doing great,” Bensal said of Benson. “Mr. and Mrs. (Gayle) Benson thank all of those that have reached out.”

Benson last week struggled with the altitude at The Greenbrier, which is in the Allegheny Mountains. Medical personnel treated him for dehydration.

Those two incidents follow an emergency room trip for Benson in May. In Atlanta during the NFL owners meetings where Minneapolis was selected over New Orleans as the site for the 2018 Super Bowl, Benson fell and hit his head during the vote.

Benson, who turned 87 on July 12, had undergone knee surgery before the meetings. He was checked out for a possible concussion and stayed overnight but was ultimately cleared.