Bills rookie DT McCargo treated for dehydration

Updated: July 30, 2006, 8:25 PM ET
Associated Press

 John McCargo
PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Rookie defensive tackle John McCargo, a first-round pick of the Buffalo Bills, was back on the practice field Sunday after being hospitalized for dehydration the night before.

"I'll be drinking my fluids now," McCargo said after taking part in the Bills' light practice Sunday.

McCargo, the second of Buffalo's two first-round draft picks, was cleared to practice a day after severe dehydration-related cramping sent him on a precautionary trip to a Rochester-area hospital.

McCargo was transported by ambulance around 6:30 p.m. Saturday, two hours after the Bills completed their second of two practices in muggy conditions with temperatures peaking at 94.

McCargo said his hospital stay was brief because the cramps had subsided by the time he arrived.

"Legs, hamstrings, everything. ... I never expected that to happen because I'm not a big cramper," said McCargo, selected 26th overall out of North Carolina State. "But I'm 100 percent now. I'm ready to go."

Bills coach Dick Jauron said his coaches and training staff make it a point to remind players of the importance of staying hydrated. Jauron was relieved McCargo's cramps proved to be nothing serious and the player is cleared to take part in the Bills' first practice with full pads Monday.

"Anybody that's ever cramped up like that understands how uncomfortable it is," Jauron said. "It's kind of a panicky feeling. I think he'll be very careful and attentive to all of the information we give."

With temperatures in Rochester expected to stay in the high 80s and low 90s through the week, Jauron hasn't ruled out shifting some daytime practices to the evening, when it's cooler.

The Bills already have eight night practices scheduled, including two this week.

The team is also finished with two-a-day sessions, which were held on Friday and Saturday -- the first two days of camp, which runs through Aug. 24.

McCargo arrived at camp Friday after signing his contract, and participated in the team's afternoon practice. He missed only the team's first practice, Friday morning.

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