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Ozzie Newsome taken to local hospital in ambulance, according to report

Ravens have not commented on situation

By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun

10:22 PM CST, November 18, 2013

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UPDATE: The Ravens announced Monday morning that Ozzie Newsome is "feeling fine and headed back to Baltimore.


CHICAGO -- Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome was taken from Soldier Field by ambulance to a local hospital after the Ravens’ 23-20 overtime loss to the Chicago Bears, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The Ravens released the following statement via the team website: “Ozzie Newsome did not feel well after today's game and a team doctor recommended that Ozzie not fly tonight.”

Newsome, 57, watched the game, which lasted five hours, 16 minutes and included a near two-hour weather delay, from the press box.

An ambulance later pulled up outside the Ravens’ locker room while security officials prevented stadium employees from entering the area. 

Newsome was promoted to the Ravens’ general manager position in 2002, becoming the NFL’s first African American to reach that post. A Pro Football Hall of Famer as a player, Newsome is the architect of two Super Bowl-winning teams.

WNST first reported that Newsome was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story said the Chicago Tribune reported a stretcher was taken out of a side door of the locker room to prevent anybody from seeing what was happening. The Chicago Tribune did not report the use of a stretcher.