Marcus Benard’s status “promising”

On Thursday, Browns linebacker Marcus Benard reportedly collapsed in the locker room, and he was taken to a hospital for testing.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Benard’s status “seems promising.”  Precautionary testing is being conducted to rule out any problems, but the feeling for now is that he will be fine.

More information is expected to come on Friday.  At this point, Benard is optimistic.

Signed as an undrafted free agent in 2009, Benard played in six games last year.  He has played in seven this year, with one start.

UPDATE:  Contrary to an Associated Press report indicating that Benard has been released from the hospital, Browns spokesman Neal Gulkis says that Benard remains hospitalized.  The Browns and Benard are hopeful that he will be released from the hospital later tonight, after testing is completed.

SECOND UPDATE:  The Browns have announced that Benard was released from the hospital at 8:15 p.m. ET.  He will undergo further evaluation tomorrow.