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Report: Doctors ‘optimistic’ Daniel Fells won’t lose foot to MRSA

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Doctors attending to New York Giants tight end Daniel Fells as he deals with a MRSA infection are feeling more confident that the effectiveness of the most recent treatments may mean he won’t need his foot amputated, a potentially dire outcome feared as a possibility as recently as a few days ago to thwart the spread of the infection and potentially save his life.

ESPN reported the recent update to Fells’ condition Tuesday, with sources confirming an earlier NFL.com report that the tight end has undergone five procedures since contracting the harmful staph infection two weeks ago.

The situation arose, the source said, when Fells suffered a toe injury, then an ankle injury. To treat it, Fells was given a cortisone shot. After a week of ankle and foot pain, Fells’ wife took him to the emergency room on Oct. 2 with a 104-degree temperature. There, they found his ankle was infected with MRSA, a dangerous staph infection that is resistant to many antibiotics.

The prognosis, while an improvement, doesn’t mean Fells is in the clear in the least, but with sources indicating that doctors are “more optimistic” about the likelihood that his foot won’t require amputation obviously is an encouraging development.

Fells has been hospitalized with the Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection for over a week. He was placed in the Intensive Care Unit on Friday and was later moved to a private room so a nurse could focus solely on his care, NFL.com reported.

As noted in the updated reporting on Fells’ condition, the 32-year-old’s NFL career is all but certain to be over. But given he was facing a life and death situation, that’s probably not even a consideration at this point in time.