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Tom Benson gets concussion test after falling at owners' meetings, seems to be fine

The 86-year-old owner lost his balance stepping off the podium.

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New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson tripped coming off the podium following New Orleans' pitch to host the 2018 Super Bowl. Benson had to transported to the hospital after hitting his head from the fall, but he's now "doing fine," according to Larry Holder of

Benson left the Ritz Carlton via ambulance and underwent a concussion test before flying back to New Orleans. The 86-year-old released a statement following the incident:

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

Benson has been using a walker to aid him in getting around since having surgery on a torn meniscus two weeks ago, as noted by Holder. Commissioner Roger Goodell said that Benson simply lost his balance, and that he appears to be fine. He said the visit to the hospital was nothing more than a precautionary step.

Whatever the case, Benson appears to be doing fine back in New Orleans. The city will not be the host of Super Bowl LII, however, as the owners elected to give the honor to the city of Minneapolis at the new stadium, which is expected to be complete in 2016.