Instead of battling defensive ends this week, New York Giants tight end Daniel Fells is facing a much more dangerous struggle with MRSA, an antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection that might claim his foot—and maybe even the rest of his playing career, according to a report from the NFL Network.
Fells suffered a toe injury, and then an ankle injury, for which he received a cortisone shot, according to the NFL Network report. After enduring a week of pain in his ankle and foot, Fells’ wife took him to the hospital on Oct. 2 with a 104-degree fever, according to the report. Doctors continue to try to save Fells' foot, while the Giants have taken steps to thoroughly sanitize their facilities.
If this sounds bizarre and exotic, think again: MRSA is surprisingly widespread in the United States, claiming more than 19,000 lives annually.
That begs the question: What exactly is MRSA? And what should the average guy do about it? Here's a quick primer on the potentially dangerous infection that every guy—especially athletes—should know about.