Report: Davin Joseph Had Staph Infection

October 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.

6 Responses to “Report: Davin Joseph Had Staph Infection”

  1. Free's A Boob Says:

    The sad part about this, even beyond the unfounded BD speculation, is that people are so ill-informed about MRSA and believe it’s an indication of some fault of the Bucs. Nothing could be further from accurate, in fact many people contract it in a hospital setting.

  2. Keith Says:

    Why does everybody think BD would make stuff up and put his career on the line and pocketbook with a lawsuit? The guy is not stupid.

  3. Pete 422 Says:

    Davin hasn’t been 100% healthy regardless. It seems that he and a few others need another off season to return to form.

  4. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    I’m guessing Stroud was Duemig’s source and now Stroud is trying to save face with Steve. Stroud has made things up on more than one occasion.

  5. Bobby M. Says:

    “The Bucs responded to Joe with a firm denial”……Joseph confirmed he had a staph infection.

    I take it “firm denial” meant “just kidding”?

  6. Skelly Says:

    We’ll even though it seems like its splitting hairs with by the BUCS, I guess everyone is for the most part correct in what they said. Guess we’ll see if all the folks crushing big dog yesterday will show up here to eat crow. I certainly doubted him after the bucs denial…dammit.