Thursday, October 2, 2003
At least 4 Dolphins have had staph infections
DAVIE, Fla. -- At least four Miami Dolphins have gotten
staph infections, including linebacker Junior Seau and return
specialist Charlie Rogers, who were hospitalized because of the
None of the players is on the injury report, and all are
expected to be available for Sunday's game against the New York
A recent increase in such contagious skin infections involving
NFL and college teams prompted a warning from the NFL to each club
regarding the possibility of infections.
"Our doctors are on top of it," Miami coach Dave Wannstedt
said. "We are doing everything proper to take the right
The team's medical staff declined to comment.
Seau was admitted to a hospital in San Diego for treatment last
weekend when the team was off. Seau said he experienced weakness
and fatigue, and his right arm swelled and developed four large
boils. He received intravenous antibiotics for two days before
Rogers was hospitalized for two days before the Dolphins' game
against Buffalo on Sept. 21. Linebacker Corey Jenkins and running
back Travis Minor also got infections.
"I haven't had any concern over it," quarterback Jay Fiedler
said. "I've seen a couple of guys that have had the infection.
Whether it was the same thing on all those guys, I'm not so sure."