Report: Davin Joseph Had Staph InfectionOctober 30th, 2013
The saga of Bucs captain Davin Joseph’s alleged infection has taken another turn.
To review, the dean of Tampa Bay sports radio Steve Duemig, of WDAE-AM 620, reported yesterday that Joseph was the unknown Buccaneer the NFL players association reported to be infected by MRSA. Joe, confident in Duemig’s unnamed source, shared Duemig’s report with readers this morning. The Buccaneers responded to Joe with a firm denial of Duemig’s report.
At 5:33 p.m. today, Bucs beat writer Rick Stroud, of the Tampa Bay Times, shared the following on Twitter.
@NFLStroud – Bucs have been consistent saying they had three known cases of MRSA in the past year. G Davin Joseph is believed to have had staph, not MRSA
Stroud did not offer a source. MRSA is a staph infection, but not all staph infections are MRSA. Both are considered serious.
Regular readers here know Joe is not big on anonymous sources (Jimminy Christmas! Joe could write a book of rumors and stories never shared.), but given Joseph’s struggles on the field and the Bucs’ MRSA woes, this was not a report Joe would ignore. Again, Joe spoke to Duemig before sharing the report here.
Davin Joseph was not in the Bucs’ locker room during todays’ scheduled media session. Typically, he is there and always eager to chat.
Joseph’s rough season on the field is a big part of the interest here. Joseph has gone from Pro Bowl caliber to often below average.
Joe just hopes Joseph is healthy and can bounce back into form.