- Associated Press - Thursday, November 18, 2010

BEREA, OHIO (AP) - Cleveland Browns linebacker Marcus Benard says stress caused him to faint last week in the locker room before practice.

Benard, who was briefly hospitalized and underwent tests, spoke Thursday for the first time since he passed out one week ago as he was sitting in front of his cubicle. Benard said he never lost consciousness and that doctors have ruled out any heart problems or serious medical condition.

Benard said the fainting spell could have been brought on by the impending birth of his son, who was delivered on Monday. Benard played in last Sunday’s loss to the New York Jets, recording one sack.