Usually, we hear that surgical procedures performed on pro athletes were at all times a success. When there’s a complication, a public announcement rarely comes.
That’s precisely what happened with Packers tight end Jermichael Finley, who underwent leg surgery after being injured on October 17 against the Redskins.
“I had a second surgery,” Finley told Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee. “Nobody knows about it. I had caught a real small infection in my knee,
so I had to go in about a week ago, had to go back under and get the
infection out. I was in the hospital for two days. I’m surprised nobody
knew about it. I had to get all these antibiotics in me, get blood drawn
four or five times a day. It’s terrible. Right now, I’ve got this IV in
my chest, a central line.”
A central line? It doesn’t sound like a “real small” infection at all.
“[I]t was emergency surgery,” Finley said. “I had a 105 fever, I called
Doc [team physician Pat McKenzie] and said, ‘I’m not feeling too good,’
and we had to rush in and clean out the infection. I don’t know what
it’s called. I guess you could call it a staph infection, but I don’t
think that’s what it was. But I had to rush in and they put a central
line in my chest. I won’t get this taken out for another month and a
half. Three times a day I have to get antibiotics put through it.”
Again, it doesn’t sound like a “real small” infection at all.
We wish Finley well in his recovery. And we hate to see what condition he’d be in right now if it had been a “real big” infection.