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Packers address staph infections

Nov. 6, 2013 11:21 AM
 
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The Green Bay Packers don't believe there's reason to fear a wide-spread staph infection outbreak in their locker room. Tight end Jermichael Finley recently revealed in an interview with ESPNMilwaukee.com that following surgery last month to repair his knee (an injury that knocked him out for the season) he came down with an infection that caused a high fever and required a second surgery to get rid of the infection. He told the website that he had to spend two days in the hospital and still is taking medication to treat it. He said, "I guess you could call it a staph infection." Earlier in the season, linebacker Brady Poppinga also said he had a staph infection. However, Packers coach Mike McCarthy told the Press-Gazette today that Finley's infection was not the more serious of the two kinds of staph infections and doesn't believe other players in the locker room are at risk. "Our medical staff has been definitely on top of Jermichael and the rest of our players," McCarthy said. "Staph infection is a very serious matter. There are different types, and we're very fortunate that we haven't had the serious staph infrections. Our training staff is incredibly conscientious." Several players in the locker room today were unaware of Finley's situation but said the Packers' training and medical staff regularly warns players about infections. -- Rob Demovsky, rdemovsk@greenbaypressgazette.com http://twitter.com/RobDemovsky

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