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Giants tight end Daniel Fells could lose foot, per reports

Fells remains hospitalized, and the situation remains serious.

Daniel Fells
Daniel Fells
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Doctors are fighting to save Daniel Fells' foot as the New York Giants tight end remains hopsitalized with a MRSA infection, per media reports.


Fells has had five surgeries, according to a person with knowledge of his condition. More are coming, as doctors try to stave off further infection. As of Saturday night, they were fighting to save his foot, which is at risk given the nature of the infection. ...

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.

With doctors hoping to avoid amputating his foot, the more urgent fear is that the MRSA has gotten into the bone and that it could travel into his blood. That could have the gravest of consequences.

Giants spokesman Pat Hanlon said "this is a serious situation that has been taken seriously from the beginning. We're all fighting for Daniel." In fact, several Giants officials have visited Fells, including GM Jerry Reese and coach Tom Coughlin. reports that "There is some optimism. Fells has responded better this weekend to a new antibiotic. There is hope he's finally trending in the right direction after a difficult eight days."

Early in the week, Coughlin acknowledged that MRSA is "a very serious thing."

Keep Fells in your thoughts and prayers, Giants fans. Forget football and whether or not Fells ever plays again, let's just hope he gets healthy and lives normally.