Jamie Collins has missed another practice due to mysterious illness. He has yet to even be at the facility. To be sick and away from the team for two weeks is incredibly concerning. Had he sat out of the game against the Giants last week due to fatigue and dehydration as a residual effect of illness, that could have been kinda understandable. Not really with how the team medical staff can give IVs and such for those symptoms, but we ran with it. Now, the rumblings of him missing more time due to illness may give way to a much greater fear. Jamie Collins may have a Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection. The dreaded, locker room destroying MRSA.
This is still all speculative, but this is not the first time this has been mentioned as a cause. Both camps, Collins’ and New England’s, have been tight lipped about his ailment and have given symptoms of fever, nausea and vomiting; symptoms that aren’t directly attributed to MRSA. BUT, those symptoms do correlate with the antibiotics that are prescribed to treat such an infection. The fact they are being coy about the specificity of his illness is concerning to say the least. Without Collins’ presence in the Patriots front seven, their defense suffers. Hopefully, his illness is far less nefarious.