Plain Dealer reporter, Mary Kay Cabot is reporting that Cleveland Browns wide receiver Joe Jurevicius has contracted a staph infection in his knee after undergoing surgery on the knee in January. According to sources close to the Browns, his recovery is going well and he is expected to participate in organized team activities in May and the mini-camp in June. Jurevicius had his knee procedure done at the Cleveland Clinic and then contracted the infection two weeks later on a hunting trip at his ranch in Nebraska.
This is the fourth key player on the offensive side of the football to contract a staph infection since June 2005. Kellen Winslow, Braylon Edwards and LeCharles Bentley have all suffered prior staph infections during their tenure with the Browns. Bentley’s infection was the most serious case, as he had to have emergency surgery to avoid the potential loss of a limb or worse. He was hospitalized for a significant amount of time in 2006 and is still in the process of returning to the football field two seasons later.
Jurevicius will be the third receiving option heading into the fall behind Braylon Edwards and off-season acquisition Donte Stallworth. According to sources close to Jurevicius, he considered retiring following last season, but given the teams success in 2007, he decided to return for at least one more season.