Kelce: MRSA scare 'probably' made game safer

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Kelce: MRSA scare 'probably' made game safer

Geoff Mosher and Derrick Gunn recap the Eagles' win over Tampa

October 13, 2013, 7:30 pm
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After a MRSA outbreak called into question whether the Eagles and Buccaneers would even play, Jason Kelce said after Sunday's game that the added attention probably made the gamer safer than any other from staph infection. (AP)

TAMPA, Fla. -- The way Eagles center Jason Kelce figures, there was actually less chance than usual for him or his teammates to contract MRSA during the Eagles-Buccaneers game Sunday.

“Because of all the preventative work they had been doing, this game was actually probably the least likely where you’re going to get it in the NFL,” Kelce said.

“Most NFL games, they don’t prepare for a MRSA outbreak, where this one, you have all these doctors trying to stop it and doing everything they can to contain it. So we were probably in less danger than anybody.”

The Eagles and Buccaneers played Sunday despite an outbreak of MRSA, or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, that has infected three Buccaneers players.

MRSA is a strain of staph infection that is more resistant to treatment than other strains.

Kelce said doctors and trainers spoke to the team Saturday at the team hotel in Tampa and addressed any concerns players had that they might be at risk if they played against the Buccaneers on Sunday.

“I wasn’t worried about it,” Kelce said. “Anybody who’s played the game this long has probably had a teammate who’s had MRSA.

“Although there was an outbreak here, I wasn’t worried and they made it clear to everybody last night that we really weren’t at any risk.”

Deverick Anderson, director of the Duke Infection Control Outreach Network, which oversaw the investigation of the Buccaneers’ MRSA outbreak, met Saturday night at the team hotel with Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, general manager Howie Roseman, team president Don Smolenski, team physician Peter DeLuca and trainer Chris Peduzzi.

“[He] gave us the whole run down of it and where the league was with it and how he felt about it and I think we felt comfortable with his answers in terms of how he told us everything worked out, so we deferred to them,” Kelly said after the game.

“But I think he was very helpful in terms of talking to us, and any of our players that had questions could meet our doctors and get everything explained to them.”

Eagles cornerback Brandon Boykin said nobody was talking on the sideline or on the field about the situation, which drew national attention on the Eagles-Bucs game -- especially after an NFLPA official said during the week that the union could conceivably ask the league to postpone the game.

“Everybody talked to us and assured us that there’s no chance of us getting it, so it wasn’t anything we were thinking of once we got out there," Boykin said.

“After the game, we were joking about it in here -- ‘Don’t go in the shower without your shoes or you’re going to get MRSA,’ stuff like that. But once the game started, it wasn’t on our minds at all.”

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