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Saints TE Shockey hospitalized after suffering seizure, says he's OK

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Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey said Thursday that he's OK after he suffered what later was diagnosed as a seizure during a weightlifting session and went to a New Orleans-area hospital.

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Said Shockey via Twitter: "I am ok, thanks to everyone who has shown their concern don't worry about me I will be fine. WHO DAT!!"

Saints coach Sean Payton told NewOrleans.com that Shockey will be hospitalized overnight after an incident that veteran safety Darren Sharper called "scary" to see.

"I talked to Jeremy from the hospital, and the good news is he's feeling better and everything looks real good," Payton said. "He'll likely finish up his tests and spend the night in the hospital. They don't know if it was dehydration or what. That's what they're going through right now. They just want to make sure it's nothing more significant than that."

If doctors determine that dehydration was a factor, it would be Shockey's second such incident near a Memorial Day weekend. Shockey, 29, was treated for dehydration at a Las Vegas hospital this time last year, reportedly after he attended a party at the Hard Rock Hotel.

Sharper, who was with Shockey in the Saints' weight room Thursday, also told The Associated Press that the tight end is "doing fine." Sharper was seen at Ochsner Hospital in Jefferson, La., where Shockey is being treated.

Sharper said trainers quickly attended to Shockey, who seemed lucid again after about one minute and walked on his own to an ambulance.

"He said he just felt lightheaded," Sharper said.

The Saints didn't officially comment on Shockey's condition, leaving his status for a June 4-6 minicamp unclear. He had just completed three consecutive days of offseason training sessions at team headquarters before the seizure occurred.

Shockey, an eight-year NFL veteran, spent the past two years with the Saints and was instrumental in helping them win their first Super Bowl last season. He has 469 receptions for 5,280 yards and 30 touchdowns in his career, but he has never played a full season because of various injuries.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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