Steve Gleason hospitalized

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 15: Former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason watches action prior to a game between the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falconsat the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 15, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

NEW ORLEANS – Steve Gleason has been hospitalized.

The former New Orleans Saints fan favorite said in a message posted to the Team Gleason Facebook page that the hospitalization was a precautionary measure.

“I’ve spent the last few days at Ochsner Medical,” the message read. “A precautionary measure, and not where I planned to spend my birthday, but I’ll be home soon.”

Gleason, who turned 41 on March 19, has been battling ALS since his diagnosis in 2011.

A well-received documentary now streaming on Amazon has followed the “tragedy & triumph” of battling the degenerative disease.

Messages of support have poured in since the announcement, with fans from around the globe wishing Gleason a speedy recovery.