Junior Seau released from hospital

Updated: October 19, 2010, 7:51 PM ET
Associated Press

CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Former NFL star linebacker Junior Seau has been released from a San Diego hospital a day after plunging down a seaside cliff in his SUV.

Spokeswoman Lisa Ohmstede says Seau spent the night at Scripps La Jolla Hospital and was released at about 11 a.m. PT on Tuesday.

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Ohmstede gave no details on his condition, but police described Seau's injuries as minor.

About nine hours before the crash, the 12-time Pro Bowl linebacker was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence at the home in Oceanside that he shares with his 25-year-old girlfriend, who told authorities that Seau assaulted her during an argument Sunday night, police said.

On Monday, Seau sent his white Cadillac SUV off the road and down to the beach about 100 feet below.

Seau told investigators he fell asleep while driving, and police in Carlsbad, where the accident happened, said the lack of skid marks on the road support that assertion.

They said there was no evidence drugs or alcohol involved.

Seau was a standout linebacker with USC before going to the San Diego Chargers, whom he led to the Super Bowl following the 1994 season.

He remained with the Chargers until 2003 and went on to play with the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots before retiring after the 2009 season.


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