The spot on the back of his left thigh didn’t look right to cornerback Tye Hill, so he asked Rams medical personnel to check it out. It turns out Hill has a staph infection and has been held out of practice this week, reports Bill Coats of the St. Louis Dispatch. “It’s nothing really major, just something that’s got to be taken care of,” said Hill, who started 10 games last season as a rookie. Staph is the most common cause of skin infections in the United States. The drug-resistant form â€” methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA â€” can be particularly serious. It could not be determined whether Hill has MRSA. Dr. Douglas Pogue, who is treating him, declined to comment on Hill’s condition Wednesday.
Hill, 25, saw Pogue on Tuesday, when the three-day minicamp kicked off at Rams Park. Hill, the team’s first-round draft choice in 2006, was administered 90 minutes of intravenous antibiotics and is currently being treated with oral medication. Hill doesn’t know how he contracted the infection. “It could be from a bug bite or an ingrown hair, something like that,” he said. “The important thing now is just to heal it.” Coach Scott Linehan said that he was confident Hill’s case was unrelated but that the team was being extra cautious. “We talk about (staph infections) all the time, almost to the point of being paranoid about it, which is OK with me,” Linehan said. Hill said he wasn’t really worried, just unhappy that he was unable to join his teammates on the field. “I was really looking forward to practicing this week,” he said. “The hard part is being out there and I’m watching on the sideline, feeling like a scrub.”
With Hill out, veteran Lenny Walls has been working with the first team opposite fellow cornerback Fakhir Brown. The 6-foot-4, 192-pound Walls signed a one-year deal in March as a free agent. Walls, 27, was with Denver for four years and then Kansas City last season. He signed originally with the Broncos as an undrafted rookie out of Boston College.