New York Giants tight end Daniel Fells is “making progress” after contracting an antibiotic-resistant staph infection earlier this month, Coach Tom Coughlin said on Monday. However, the player is not out of the woods yet.
On Sunday, NFL.com reported that Fells was in danger of losing his foot after spending more than 10 days in the hospital fighting off the Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection. Fells, who checked into the hospital on Oct. 2 with a 104-degree fever and complaining of foot and ankle pain, was reportedly even moved to the intensive care unit on Friday after undergoing several surgeries. Doctors are now monitoring the disease to make sure it does not enter his bloodstream and contemplating whether to amputate Fells’s left foot, according to the NFL’s article.
Bleacher Report NFL reporter Daniel Cole, meanwhile, is already reporting a portion of Fells’s foot has already been removed. However, other reporters quickly disputed the claim on Monday afternoon.
“This is a serious situation that has been taken seriously from the beginning,” Giants spokesman Pat Hanlon said on Sunday. “We’re all fighting for Daniel.”
Fells, a seventh-year veteran, played in two games this season — amassing up 60 total receiving yards.
The Giants dedicated Sunday’s 30-27 victory over the San Francisco 49ers to Fells, Coughlin said Monday.
“On Skype, in our team meeting today, we showed him the game ball,” Coughlin said.
To safeguard the rest of the team, the Giants contacted infectious disease specialists, scrubbed the locker room and conducted other protocols upon learning of Fells’s diagnosis last weekend.
Fells is done for the season and the infection could end his career, as it did former Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Carl Nicks and kicker Lawrence Tynes. Tynes is currently suing the Bucs alleging that the team failed to safeguard the locker room against infection and misdiagnosed him.
This post has been updated.