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    Saturday, October 28, 2006

    Cleveland Browns Staph: Cleveland's football team has a staph aureus problem:

    Center LeCharles Bentley and free safety Brian Russell were the most recent players stricken in what Browns General Manager Phil Savage on Friday called a ``staph infection outbreak.''

    Since 2003, linebacker Ben Taylor, tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. and receiver Braylon Edwards have also contracted forms of staph. All but Taylor's case came in the past 13 months.


    The team had an infection control team from the Cleveland Clinic come to their clubhouse to inspect it and help make it bacteria-free. They decided the infections didn't come from the clubhouse, a conclusion with which some people do not agree:

    ``Something's going on around here,'' Winslow said Friday. ``Other people had it and they need to do something.''

    But details of the cases reveal that most of them occurred after having joint surgery. One case was caused by an infected cut. Staph aureus is a bacteria that resides on the skin. That's why it's a common cause of skin infections. There is no way to eliminate it. However, pro sports teams may have something under their feet that invites germs to spread from person to person - artificial grass:

    In recent years, the St. Louis Rams and Washington Redskins also have dealt with staph infections. Savage said the Browns have discussed the conversion to Field Turf, which they have in their indoor facility, as a possible factor.

    ``It's like grass, but a guy sweats and he spits and all that rubberized material is down in there,'' Savage said. ``It's something the high-ups are probably looking into on a leaguewide scale.''


    Do they clean artificial grass?
     

    posted by Sydney on 10/28/2006 02:21:00 PM 1 comments

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    May I just say, "Euwwwwww." They spit on the fake turf when there's nowhere for it to go. Euuwwwww. Spitting anywhere is disgusting enough but when it's just going to keep accumulating, how foul is that. Plus the sweat. I don't believe I will ever look at another pro football game again.

    By Anonymous Carol, at 4:52 PM  

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