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Posted: Tuesday November 6, 2012 12:03AM ; Updated: Tuesday November 6, 2012 12:03AM

Ex-Saints player Gleason taken to hospital from Monday night game

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Ex-Saints' player Steve Gleason was taken to a New Orleans hospital on Monday

Gleason was unresponsive while watching the Saints' game against the Eagles

Gleason's wife reported that her husband was alert and 'doing well'

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Steve Gleason
Ex-Saints' player Steve Gleason suffers from ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease.
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Former Saints safety Steve Gleason has been taken to a New Orleans hospital after becoming unresponsive at the Superdome while watching Monday night's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Gleason suffers from the ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. He underwent treatment in the emergency room at Ochsner Hospital. His wife reports through the Saints that Gleason is alert and "doing well."

In early 2011, Gleason was diagnosed with ALS. The terminal condition causes gradual paralysis.

Gleason, once a fearless special teams standout who never shied away from bone-rattling collisions with players much bigger than him, now gets around on a motorized wheel chair.

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