The infection that could derail Drew Stanton’s potential return for the playoffs may have created a problem beyond the immediate.
A league source explained to PFT that the infection he was treated for this week is believed to be the result of treatment he was getting for his knee injury outside the team facility.
When Stanton suffered a grade two MCL sprain on Dec. 11, he didn’t need surgery, and was recovering with treatment and rest. The hope was that he’d be able to return for the postseason.
But this week, his knee began to swell, and team doctors diagnosed him with an infection. However, the fact he didn’t have surgery or any treatment from the team that would lead to such an infection has them believing it stemmed from a treatment they didn’t perform.
He underwent an arthroscopic procedure Wednesday, and is being treated with antibiotics now.
What isn’t known is the nature of the outside treatment, or whether he’ll be able to make it back for the playoffs.