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Buffalo Bills defensive end Bruce Smith was in good condition Saturday, the team reported, after collapsing on a television set Friday and spending the night in the hospital.

Smith was appearing on a Turner Network Television football special when he fell flat on his back just as an interview with him was beginning.

"He complained about the hot lights as he went on the set," said Scott Berchtold, Bills vice president for communications.

"He spent the night in the hospital and was released this morning and was fine, according to his wife, Carmen," Berchtold said.

TNT reported that Smith was bothered by a touch of the flu and dehydration.

Smith, 36, was in Atlanta to attend Super Bowl festivities. He is scheduled to travel to Hawaii this week to make some appearances at the Pro Bowl. Smith is not playing in the game.

Smith was being interviewed by TNT's Trev Alberts on the Super Bowl preview show.

Smith's agent, Leigh Steinberg, is in the process of trying to restructure Smith's contract.

Steinberg said he had an initial conversation with the Bills this week about finding a way to lower the salary cap figure for both Smith and Thurman Thomas in an attempt to keep both on the team for another year.

Both Smith and Thomas fully intend to play next season.

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