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Bills RG Villarrial back after hospital stay

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (Oct. 13, 2005) -- Chris Villarrial returned to practice after spending Oct. 9 in the hospital because of an intestinal disorder that doubled him over in pain and limited his breathing, forcing him to miss Buffalo's 20-14 victory against Miami.

Without divulging the exact nature of the condition, Villarrial said he is taking medication and expects to play when the Bills play host to the New York Jets on Oct. 16.

Listed as probable on Buffalo's injury report, Villarrial was released from the hospital Oct. 10 and held out of practice as a precaution Oct. 12.

The pain caught him by surprise when he woke up Oct. 9. What worried him more was an inability to catch his breath.

"You get a little panicked at first," Villarrial said, initially fearing he was having a heart attack. "You think the worst sometimes. Luckily for me, it wasn't. It's treatable what I've got."

Villarrial is a 10-year NFL veteran who's in his second season with Buffalo. Missing the Miami game ended his streak of 22 consecutive starts, going back to 2003, his final season with Chicago.

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