Sixth Cleveland Brown Stricken with Staph Within Last Four Years

May 22, 2008 10:18 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Joe Jurevicius is the sixth player from the Cleveland Browns to contract a staph infection in the last four years.  In each case, the infected player had recently had surgery at the Cleveland Clinic.

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The wide receiver for the Browns seems to be recovering from the infection and is expected to participate in the minicamp in June.

Brown center LeCharles Bentley was not as lucky. He developed staph following his July, 2006, surgery to reconstruct his torn patella tendon. After undergoing three more surgeries because of complications from the infection, he has yet to play.

Jurevicius developed staph after knee surgery.  Cleveland Clinic spokeswoman Eileen Sheil said she didn’t believe the staph infection to be connected with the surgery.  
Jurevicius follows five other Browns who also had staph infections: LeCharles Bentley, Kellen Winslow, Braylon Edwards, Brian Russell and Ben Taylor. All six players had undergone surgery at the Cleveland Clinic.

A Cleveland Brown’s fan blog suggests, perhaps in jest, that “the Clinic is secretly attempting to sabotage the Browns,” possibly because it “is full of Steelers fans.”

Many, but not all, staph infections are caused by Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).  An MRSA outbreak in October 2007 caused concern. MRSA, which is generally associated with hospitalized patients but is increasingly being contracted outside a hospital setting, had infected 28 professional athletes by October 31, including Grant Hill of the NBA, who nearly died from it.

Joe Jurevicius also made headlines in 2003 when his Tampa Bay Bucs won the Super Bowl. He entered the spotlight because of the serious illness of his newborn son, Michael, who later passed away.

Headline Links: Jurevicius joins the list

Background: The case of LeCharles Bentley

Opinion & Analysis: Comments on the wave of infections

Related Links: Joe Jurevicius and his son’s tragic death

Reference: MRSA


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