Brantley Battling Staph Infection In Throwing Arm
Gator backup quarterback John Brantley IV found out Sunday that he has a staph infection in his throwing arm, according to his father John Brantley III.
Although Brantley III had expected his son to see playing time this Saturday against Hawaii, he's not sure if Brantley IV will be able to play.
"He's excited and frustrated," Brantley III said. "Hopefully the team doctors have him on some good antibiotics and he'll be ready to play."
Although he is disappointed for his son, Brantley IV is not surprised.
"Staph infections are getting more common," said Brantley IV, who also serves as Head Coach for Trinity Catholic in Ocala. "We have to watch out for our players getting them."
As a senior at Trinity in 2006, Brantley IV won the Gatorade High School National Player of the Year after throwing for 2,766 yards and 41 touchdowns. He took a redshirt in 2007 as he sat behind Tim Tebow and Cam Newton.
According to www.mayoclinic.com, , staph bacteria can cause illness in two ways: through direct infection, which happens in most staph-related skin disorders, and through toxins that the bacteria produce. Most skin infections develop when staph bacteria enter your body through a cut or other break in your skin.
According to www.kidshealth.org, warm, humid environments can contribute to staph infections, so excessive sweating can increase someone's chances of developing an infection.
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