Over the past few weeks, the New York Giants have been fighting to cement their place in the NFL playoff picture, but one member of the NFC East team's roster has been facing a far tougher battle away from the gridiron.
Veteran tight end Daniel Fells has, since October 2nd, been in hospital having contracted a serious MRSA infection.
Thankfully, though, after undergoing at least five separate surgeries whilst under medical care, it looks like things have taken a positive turn.
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As reported by NFL Media's Kimberley Jones, Fells was released from the hospital as of Tuesday afternoon.
Considering reports earlier this month had suggested the MRSA infection was life-threatening, and could require the amputation of his foot, this latest update is is fantastic news for the 32-year-old.
And, although NFL guru Ian Rapaport noted this week that Fells will still require a minimum of two further surgeries to make certain the infected area is completely clean, concern appears to have turned to optimism in recent days.
Playing days over?
Unfortunately, whilst Fells has been released from hospital without the need for amputation on the infected foot, his professional career is likely over due to the damage caused by the MRSA.
If that is the case, Fells will leave the game having amassed 89 appearances in the NFL between 2008-2015 during spells with the St. Louis Rams, Denver Broncos, New England Patriots and New York Giants.