Report: No proof Jamie Collins has MRSA


As Patriots linebacker Jamie Collins continues to miss practices and games with an injury, rumors apparently have been swirling that he’s suffering from MRSA. Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports that Collins does not have MRSA.

Or, more accurately, Howe reports that there’s no evidence Collins has MRSA.

Technically, Collins could have any condition that counts as an “illness,” since the league’s injury-reporting rules require no specificity. As Howe notes, however, the Patriots have not closed any portion of Gillette Stadium to disinfect the building, which is the standard practice when a player has been diagnosed with an infection that is resistant to antibiotics.

The Patriots expect to not have Collins on Monday night against the Bills due to the illness, and it’s unclear when he will return.

Collins first appeared on the injury report with an illness on November 7. He hasn’t played or practiced since.

28 responses to “Report: No proof Jamie Collins has MRSA

  1. He is the best player on the D and one of the few best defensive players in the league. Gotta get him back!

  2. Circle back and connect a dot. Another Patriot player, Ryan Wendell, was also out many weeks with an “illness” before being placed on IR. Whatever it is, it appears serious and contagious.

  3. very weird no clue whats wrong with him but as long as nothing serious and back for playoffs with edelman us pats fans are good get better

  4. Very curious. Anyone who stayed at a holiday Inn last night care to guess what could be keeping him out this long? 3 weeks of illness sounds pretty bad

  5. It seems very odd and improbable for an apparently healthy 25 year old athlete like Jamie Collins to miss a month of work with an “illness.” I’m starting to fear something like MRSA or cancer. I obviously hope I’m wrong and he returns to the field soon. All I know is that I am 50 years old, and I’ve never missed more than a couple of days work due to illness.

  6. Its always a concern when the Pats refuse to give details on a 3 week “illness”. Its starting to smell like season ending IR. Not good.

  7. meh, a virus can be nasty, no matter what your age or relative fitness. Maybe he has mononucleosis. I missed 6 weeks of my senior year in college with it.
    When he beats this thing (whatever it is) he will probably be underweight and weakened. Collins may need to go on IR for his own good.
    Big loss for the Pats

    Hope he gets well. Go Pats

  8. kenberthiaume says:
    Nov 21, 2015 5:11 PM

    2 weeks of illness not 3. Supposedly is over a virus and is now getting his strength times.
    Supposedly. That report came from Rappaport, but was never verified / corroborated by anyone else.

  9. craze32 says:
    Nov 21, 2015 4:28 PM

    very weird no clue whats wrong with him but as long as nothing serious and back for playoffs with edelman us pats fans are good get better
    I doubt they can keep two roster spots open for guys who can’t contribute for multiple weeks.

  10. I had a healthy teenage niece come down with pneumonia.
    It takes a few weeks for most of the symptoms to disappear and a month to be clear of it. It might be what Collins had. Reports are that he is over it but has lost weight and needs to recover his strength.

  11. Heal up man. I kind of hope Gronk gets a minor “illness” until the playoffs, actually. The division and a bye are almost in the bag.

  12. I’m gonna go out on a limb here and suggest that someone threw out the MRSA thing into the media quagmire to try to force the Patriots to provide an answer to debunk the stuff thrown at the wall.

    I’ll bet Belichick is seeing these reports and laughing his butt off as he and the team keep the info to themselves.

  13. Let me guess. Did the MRSA story originate from BSPN – THAT well know bastion of journalistic integrity (extreme sarcasm) isn’t know for it’s accurate reporting, but rather just making it up as they go along.

  14. Nothing weird about it if you’d paid attention to the Boston homer media.

    Whatever he had it was stomach related and he had a lot of trouble keeping food down. As a result he lost muscle mass and was feeling very weak.

    Ie; he needs a couple weeks to rebuild the lost muscle mass and get his strength and conditioning back. You have to have very high protein intakes just to maintain the sort of muscles nfl players have. Even more to build it back up.

  15. I know the Pats usually are great at replacing injured players, and obviously they still haven’t lost, but their injuries could be huge in this game. In the first game against Buffalo, Edelman, Lewis, and Collins did the following:

    Edelman: 11 catches, 97 yards, 2 TDS

    Lewis: 6 catches, 98 yards; 7 carries, 40 yards, 1 TD

    Collins: 11 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles.

    So, to recap, the Pats have lost from the first Bills game:

    24 touches, 235 yards, 3 TDS
    11 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles

    Next man up usually works just fine for the Pats, but that is an absolutely massive amount of production to just easily replace. Combine that with the fact that the Bills are certainly a better team now than they were in week 2 and are healthy, and the Bills MIGHT just have a shot to pull the upset

  16. Look, as long as Brady is healthy the team will continue to win. An undefeated season is still possible. Jamie Collins is a good player but others have stepped up to cover his absence. Best to get him fully healthy.
    New England Patriots are simply superior despite Goodell’s efforts to thwart the team.
    Just kiss the rings…

  17. patfanken
    Nov 21, 2015, 6:45 PM EST
    Let me guess. Did the MRSA story originate from BSPN –
    So Clever!……note the extreme sarcasm as well! 😒

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