OL Butler expected to leave ICU after passing out in weight room

Updated: August 16, 2007, 12:13 AM ET
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- A Houston offensive lineman who passed out while lifting weights has been removed from a ventilator and is expected to leave the hospital intensive care unit on Thursday, a team doctor said.

Trainers administered CPR and used a heart defibrillator to stabilize 20-year-old Jerrod Butler when he passed out in the weight room on Monday.

Team physician Dr. James Muntz said Butler is back on a regular diet.

"If it was going to happen, it couldn't have happened at a better place," the player's father, Garland Butler, told Houston television station KRIV. "It was the right place at the right time with the right folks."

Butler's parents said they were shocked to see their son on a ventilator after driving to Houston from their home in Allen.

"We knew the gravity of it, with a 300-plus pound son," Garland Butler said. "But [when we saw him] with a tube down his throat, just laying there helpless, it was hard."

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