GREEN BAY, WI (WSAU) The Green Bay Packers do not believe they have an outbreak of staph infections, after two players came down with them. Coach Mike McCarthy said infections to tight end Jermichael Finley and linebacker Brady Poppinga were isolated incidents. The coach said there are different types of bacteria-based staph infections-and the medical staff is quote "incredibly conscientious" in dealing with them. Finley said he needed a second knee operation in late October, after getting a 105 degree fever. He said he spent two days in the hospital after the surgery to clean up the infection. Finley is still taking IV fluids to treat it. Poppinga said he had a similar infection in September.
Other teams have had serious problems with these types of infections that blow through a locker room. Several Packer players said this week they were not aware of what happened to Finley-but the training staff warns about infections on a regular basis, and provides tips to avoid spreading them.