Pats president insists Jamie Collins illness didn’t come from facility

AP

We still don’t know much about the illness that has kept Patriots linebacker Jamie Collins off the field for four weeks.

But team president Jonathan Kraft went out of his way last night to say it wasn’t the team’s fault.

During a pregame appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub, Kraft went to great lengths to dispel the notion that Collins’ virus (which has been reported to be not MRSA) came from the team facility.

“I think, without getting into too much detail, I don’t think that, fortunately, this was a situation where that could happen,” Kraft said, via Adam Kurkjian of the Boston Herald. “Jamie’s getting better and getting stronger every day.

“I know people in non-football life that end up with really bad viruses that get knocked out of their professional lives for a while. You hate to see it happen to a professional athlete. It obviously resonates much more loudly than it does in our normal lives, but this was something that doesn’t have us worried about the physical infrastructure at the facility.”

Even when asked about the team’s rivalry with Peyton Manning before the game, Kraft circled back to the topic of Collins.

“I just want you to know, we take really good care of the physical facility,” Kraft said. “We always have a heightened sense of intensity around the cleanliness there. There wasn’t anything related to Jamie’s particular issues that had to do with the facility.”

Collins returned to practice Friday, so it’s possible that he could make his return to the field soon. But he was away from the team facility for a few weeks while ill, which made the speculation about whether it might spread to teammates natural, which Kraft is obviously sensitive to.

21 responses to “Pats president insists Jamie Collins illness didn’t come from facility

  1. early in the season, Ryan Wendell was sidelined for three or four weeks with an “illness” too. Asking if they were the same “illness” would have been a good follow up.

  2. I bet it is something like mono. When you get mono you lose a lot of weight and strength. Also, your spleen gets swollen and inflamed, and can be very easily ruptured if hit.

  3. The only illness that “imo” could cause such a setback and “fits” the information we have been told; Loss of Significant weight, Isolated from the other team members, etc.

    I believe Jamie Collins suffers a C-Diff Infection, which can be fatal if untreated.
    C-Diff is an intestinal “grade A” infection, which requires the patient to be quarantined.
    The infection is a result of the not having any or enough “good bacteria” in the GI tract.
    C-Diff happens “most frequently if patient remains in a hospital environment too long.
    C-Diff can also be a result of the “overuse” of antibiotics which strip the “good bacteria” from the GI tract.
    C-Diff is a brutal infection, having personally suffered it. Basically (without being too graphic), the person infected suffers violent cramping, will spend “hours” on the toilet attempting to vacate the bowel, stool is black and “tar like” like “superglue” on the body.
    Treated with the highest level of antibiotics.
    Probiotics reduce the chance of getting it.

  4. In the Pats organization the cry is not, “Next man up!”
    Instead it’s, “What’s the newest ways we can cheat without him?”

  5. Sure and just like when Tynes and Nicks got MRSA while with the Buccaneers.

    Despite no evidence that either player contracted MRSA at team facilities, and that they had their medical procedures done at outside Hospitials, the assumption is that the team is at fault and they got it there.

  6. Infection or Virus; who cares how they spin it.

    It’s an educated guess, not a fact. And it happens to “fit” all of his after effects of whatever kept him down so very long!

  7. The Patriot facility was not cleaned by a disinfection team, this would be standard practice if there was a MRSA or C-Diff type virus. Pretty says that there was no virus in the building.

  8. Funny how Pathetics fans state deflate gate curse to teams that pointed out the cheating they did. Have a look at all these injured players, calls getting called that used to go your way every game.

  9. fanofpft says:
    Nov 30, 2015 9:23 PM

    Funny how Pathetics fans state deflate gate curse to teams that pointed out the cheating they did. Have a look at all these injured players, calls getting called that used to go your way every game.

    ——————
    10-1 and headed for Super Bowl 50. Botched calls and injuries are no excuse for losing to Denver; without the muffed punt in the 4th quarter, Pats win that game easily.

    So do you have something coherent to say?

  10. Coherent? Why did you respond then? And with something totally unrelated? Do you know what coherent means?

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