ARE STAPH INFECTIONS TAKING DOWN THE NFL?

PEYTON MANNING: STAPH RESISTANT?

Friday’s Indianapolis Star reported that Colts superstar quarterback Peyton Manning’s preseason knee surgeries were the result of a staph infection. After originally denying the story, the Colts now admit that Manning’s FIRST surgery was the result of a staph infection of the bursa sac in his left knee. However, the club says Manning’s now admitted second knee surgery had nothing to do with staph. They are also vehement in stressing that the infection in Manning’s knee was NOT methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA.) That is the most serious and potentially deadly form of staph infection.

 

TOM BRADY

The story of Manning’s battle with staph comes immediately on the heels of an ESPN report about New England quarterback and reigning league MVP Tom Brady and his battles with a knee infection. ESPN says the Patriots are furious with Tom Terrific’s decision to go with his Hollywood doctor over an NFL or team-approved sports physician for his ACL and MCL surgeries. It’s probably not a good thing when your physician has an alias. Doc Hollywood may have screwed up pitcher Jason Schmidt’s arm surgery, but he did fix the samba injury Christian de la Fuente suffered to his tendon on Dancing With The Stars.

The Boston Herald says that Brady’s recovery from reconstructive knee surgery is going so badly, because of an infection, that the entire ACL operation may have to be scrapped and “redone from scratch.” ESPN is really pushing the story that the cadaver tissue used in Brady’s initial knee surgery has become infected. They even have a story today that questions whether Brady will return to the field next year saying he “expects” to play in 2009. This follows an ESPN.com piece which openly speculates who the Patriots qb will be in 2009 if Brady can’t play again.

KELLEN WINSLOW JR: TESTICLES THE SIZE OF GRAPEFRUITS

It’s shocking enough that the NFL’s top two players are having their careers hampered by knee infections, but all of these stories make the Cleveland Browns decision to suspend tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. this week for revealing he had a staph infection even more outrageous and indefensible. The Browns have had at least SIX players treated for staph. One of those players, center LeCharles Bentley, almost died. Bentley needed multiple surgeries which eventually ended his career. Another Browns player, wide receiver Joe Jurevicius, still hasn’t come back from his bout with staph which he contracted during a surgery performed by the Brown’s doctor.

When Winslow’s testicles swelled “to the size of grapefruits” the Browns did nothing to dispel a series of outrageous stories and reports about Winslow’s injury including speculation that he may have cancer or even a venereal disease. Instead, Browns general manager Phil Savage (who never called or visited Winslow when he was in the hospital), went insane when Winslow revealed the true nature of his illness.

Typical NFL.

 

JERK CLEVELAND GM PHIL SAVAGE LET BROWNS FANS THINK HIS TIGHT END HAD VD RATHER THAN REVEAL THE TRUTH

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