Jurevicius Sues Browns Over Staph Knee Infection

You might recall last year, among the myriad problems befalling the Cleveland Browns that led to Romeo Crennel’s ouster, was the strange case of staph infections that ran through the team’s training facility. No, not everyone got it, but several did, including TE Kellen Winslow and WR Joe Jurevicius. Jurevicius had to sit out the entire season, as a matter of fact, as he received treatment in his knee for the dangerous infection.

Joe Jurevicius

(He sure seems happy. By the way, be very, very thankful we didn’t choose to run a result from a “staph infection” search. Seriously. Don’t even satisfy your curiosity on this one.)

Jurevicius ended up getting cut, presumably because having a staph infection ravage your knee is especially bad for the prospects of a mildly productive 34-year-old wide receiver, so as ESPN.COM reports, he’s taking the rather remarkable step of actually suing the team and the medical facility where he contracted the infection: 

Shannon Polk, an attorney for Jurevicius, said the lawsuit was filed Friday in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. It alleges that team physicians failed to warn Jurevicius that therapy equipment was not always cleaned at the team’s training facility.

Jurevicius has said he contracted staph following arthroscopic surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in January 2008.

Dude, gross. How there was no policy in place to keep equipment clean at all times is mystifying; as James Walker notes in ESPN’s blog for the AFC North, they had to have noticed the trend:

Several current and former Browns have had similar health problems with staph such as Braylon Edwards, Kellen Winslow Jr., LeCharles Bentley and Brian Russell. There are approximately seven known cases of staph infections linked to the Browns in recent years, and rumor has it there are possibly a few more in Cleveland that didn’t leak to the media and become public.

We’re not trying to be reactionary or anything, but, um… how does anyone at that clinic still have a job?