So now the NFL is all a buzz about Staph infections. Tommy Boy apparently has had several, as has Kellen Winslow, and our own #18. I’m not a doctor. I’ve always heard that staph infections were very common in hospitals and could be real trouble. Bob Kravitz fears it’s an epidemic. I think it’s fascinating that now we find out that Manning really did have an infection because at the time he was missing from camp, the Colts said they were afraid of infection. The press laughed at them and made “just how dirty do you think we are?” cracks. Lombardi used the fact that Manning was staying away from the facility and rehabbing at home as ‘evidence’ that there was something seriously wrong with him, and concluded the Colts were ‘hiding’ things, saying that he had never heard of a player doing that before. Now we find out, that he really had had an infection, and in all likelihood, the Colts really didn’t want him anywhere near the locker room and other places that could exacerbate the problem. Manning was in hiding because…they were afraid of more infection. In others words…exactly what the Colts said at the time.
UPDATE: The Colts now say there was no second infection. They say:
The second procedure (tacking of the skin to eliminate the bursal space) was designed to ensure the complete and swift resolution of the bursal problem. The procedure was successful. The second procedure was in now way, shape or form, related to the infection. The second procedure did not delay his rehabilitation or recovery materially. It also should be noted emphatically that, at no time, did he have MRSA.
I give up.
I no longer know nor care what happened. Unless something new happens with Peyton’s knee, I can’t see that has made any real difference in this season. It’s hilarious that after last week’s game, several people brought up the knee again, a week after declaring him fine. The Colts problem is not, nor ever has been Peyton’s knee. It’s the freaking line, who is getting better in pass pro, but still can’t run block.