The New York Giants have had horrendous luck with injuries over the past few months.
First, star defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was forced to have several fingers amputated following a horrific fireworks accident. And now, tight end Daniel Fells is in critical condition in hospital thanks to an MRSA infection in his ankle, that has forced surgeons to perform multiple surgeries to save his foot.
Unlike Pierre-Paul however, Fells isn't likely to make a return to the gridiron, with reports today saying that 32-year old will almost certainly have to retire because of the infection.
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According to a report from Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, a source close to Fells believes that the damage done to the player’s foot from the MRSA is so great that his “playing days are all but over.”
No Amputation Yet
While there were reports that he had part of his foot already amputated, the report from the Daily News says that is not the case.
"And while the source said Fells' foot remains intact -- despite one report that said he had part of his foot removed -- enough damage has been done that the source said 'I would be really surprised if he ever plays football again,'" Vacchiano wrote.
Hopeful of Recovery
Giants head coach Tom Coughlin was upbeat about Fells’ chance for a recovery, saying it was his understanding that the tight end’s condition was improving, and that he had shown steady improvement after the infection had spread to a bone in his leg and another procedure was performed to stop it.
“I don’t think he’s out of the woods,” Coughlin said. “I didn’t say that. I think these three straight days are really a wonderful sign, but there are more tests to be done. And again the response to the antibiotic is critical.”
Hopefully, Coughlin is correct and Fells can get out of hospital and get his life back on track, whether that means with playing football again or not.