Updated at 9:10 p.m. Thursday
Browns linebacker Marcus Benard was treated and released from a hospital after he collapsed in the locker room at the team's training facility in Berea just before noon Thursday.
About a half hour after he collapsed, Benard sat up as he was carted out of the team's headquarters on a stretcher and placed in an ambulance. He was transported to Southwest General Health Center in Middleburg Heights for further testing. He was released at 8:15 p.m. and will undergo further evaluation today, the team announced.
Benard was sitting in a chair by his locker when he fell to the floor, rolled back and forth and placed his hands over his face. Linebacker Matt Roth, whose locker is near Benard's, thought Benard was joking at first, but then Roth started yelling for a trainer when he realized the situation was serious. Trainers flocked to Benard as reporters were escorted out of the locker room by team officials.
Benard, 25, is a second-year reserve linebacker who leads the Browns with 4.5 sacks. He did not practice Thursday.