Doctors are now hopeful that New York Giants TE Daniel Fells will not lose his foot as a result of the MRSA infection (Graziano, Oct. 13).
Fells, who is fighting a staph infection he contracted two weeks ago, has already undergone five surgeries in order to combat the infection in hopes of preventing it from spreading throughout his body. He has continued to respond positively to treatments in recent days.
The Giants dedicated Sunday night’s victory to Fells and presented him with a game ball through Skype on Monday morning.
From Oct. 12: Fells’ MRSA infection is “far more serious than has originally been reported,” and the condition has been life-threatening at times, with doctors advising Fells that they might remove his foot in order to prevent the infection from spreading throughout his body, a source told Jason Cole of Bleacher Report (Oct. 12).
According to Cole’s source, Fells is doing well at this point in time. However, since Fells has already had parts of the foot removed, his NFL career is over.
An autopsy of former New York Giants safety Tyler Sash found that his death was the result of an overdose on pain medication (AP, Oct. 13).
Sash, who played safety for the Giants for two seasons, was found dead in his Iowa home on Sept. 8. He was 27. (Sept. 8).
The Giants selected Sash in the sixth-round of the 2011 draft. He was a part of the Giants team who won Super Bowl XLII. Sash was released prior to the 2013 season and had been out of the NFL since.
John Fennelly, Lead Writer
The Giants are heading to Philadelphia for Week 6 showdown for the second consecutive season. They are hoping to fare better this time around.
Last October 12, the Giants set forth down the turnpike with a 3-2 record, just like the have now, and got absolutely dominated by the Eagles, 27-0. To add injury to insult, that was the game that Victor Cruz tore his patellar tendon and was lost for the season. It was the Eagles’ first shutout since 1996.
The game is now known as Black Sunday, because the Eagles wore their alternate black jerseys. They will be in black again next Monday, waiting to put another beatdown on the Giants.
John Fennelly, Lead Writer
Some notes and nuggets from the Giants’ thrilling 30-27 victory over San Francisco on Sunday night.
Running back Shane Vereen led the Giants with eight receptions for 86 yards, including a 24-yarder on the game-winning drive, and a two-yard touchdown, his first as a Giant.
Head coach Tom Coughlin has acknowledged that Vereen could end up being the key to the offense, as illustrated on the final drive of the game.
“Well, this is as we go along and get further into the season, we see and develop more in terms of how we can utilize his talents best,” Coughlin said on his Monday conference call. “Last night was a great example of some of the things that he can do in certain situations when the defense may in fact think they’ve got you in a position where they have the upper hand. And someone like Shane can determine that might not necessarily be so. Have we ever had a player like this, to be able to utilize his talents? Probably not to this degree. So we’re just looking forward to continuing to utilize his talent and his ability along with the other players that we have offensively.”
QB Eli Manning had one of the best games of his career statistically, but not without some bumps in the road. He heaved up a prayer down the middle of the field on the final drive that was nearly intercepted. But his interception in the end zone right before halftime stuck in everyone’s craw and allowed the 49ers to regroup and stay in the game.
“Eli played extremely well,” said Coughlin. “Made a lot of great decisions, got us into a lot of outstanding plays, the exception being the last play before the half where with 11 seconds left we elect to throw the ball into the end zone. If you don’t like it, you throw it away. He had to move a little bit there and therefore I think it took a little something off his throw. If he would have had it higher or further away where Odell would have been the only one that could have got it….The TV people asked me at halftime and I said, “Look, that’s behind us. We certainly would have liked to scored right there, we didn’t, so we’ve got to move on. That’s all we can do.” And we did..”
John Fennelly, Lead Writer
Giants head coach Tom Coughlin updated the media on the status of TE Daniel Fells, who remains hospitalized with the MRSA infection in his foot.
“We dedicated the game to Daniel Fells. On Skype in our team meeting today, we handed or showed him the game ball that he will receive,” Coughlin said on his Monday conference call. “Everybody was able to cheer him on and try to make him feel better. He was very nice in saying that he watched the game and he was very proud of the way that we finished it.”
Coughlin appeared to be upbeat despite a report that Fells lost part of his foot the past week in an effort to contain the infection.
“I think he’s pretty much having a third day in a row where the progress is being made and he feels better than he has,” the coach explained. “He’s gotten two or three straight nights of good sleep. I think that’s helped. As I said, we dedicated the game to him. So in a win, he was very gracious about receiving a game ball, was excited about that happening. Just told his teammates what he felt about them based on their game. It was nice.”
Coughlin was asked if Fells continued to make progress could he make a full recovery.
“Oh absolutely. Yeah, for sure. That’s my understanding, for sure,” he said. “I don’t believe he’s out of woods, I didn’t say that. I think these three straight days are really a wonderful sign, but there’s more tests to be done. And again, the response to the antibiotic is critical.”
These statements are in response to Fells’ overall health, which appears to be improving. But according to reports, his football career is over after a part of his foot was removed. There is still no confirmation of that, however.
John Fennelly, Lead Writer
Head coach Tom Coughlin tallied up the injury toll from Sunday night’s game vs the 49ers on his weekly conference call.
WRs Odell Beckham, Jr. and Rueben Randle both injured hamstrings in the game and were sidelined. Beckham, who may have injured his during a TD celebration, managed to come back into the game. Randle did not. Both were sent for MRIs.
“Well, we’re going to have to see. They’re going to have to treat,” said Coughlin. “They’ve got a couple days when they can be treated as Thursday will be a Wednesday. So we do have a couple of days and we’ll take full advantage of that. I did tell our team that the important thing on a weekly basis, week in and week out, is to play these really tough physical football games and come right back and do it again the next week. We need more of our guys on the practice field, we need some consistency with our weeks. I’m hoping that we can get Odell and Rueben at least on a limited basis for the entire rest of the week. I know that’s (optimistic), but I would hope we could do that.”
Coughlin was asked if there could be a scenario where the Giants did not have enough receivers next Monday night in Philadelphia.
“We’ll see. I would think if you try to look at the different things that can happen, that certainly would be something that’s within the realm of possibility. I hope it doesn’t, but we’ve got a little bit of time here to see how that’s going to stack up.”
MLB Jon Beason left the game with a concussion in the first quarter and will be screened as the week progresses. Since the Giants don’t play until next Monday, there’s a good chance he could play.
“I think it will. Yeah, I think it will,” Coughlin said when asked if the extra day will help. “He seemed to be in pretty good spirits and pretty good shape this morning.”
Coughlin said he had no update on the status of WR Victor Cruz (calf).