While he didn't use the word staph, Browns general manager Phil Savage confirmed Thursday's report on Cleveland.com that wide receiver Joe Jurevicius contracted an infection after having arthroscopic surgery on his knee in January.
''At some point following that procedure, he acquired an infection from which he is recovering,'' Savage said in a statement released Friday. ''He has been rehabilitating here in Cleveland and is expected to take part in the team's off-season activities.''
The team will hold organized activities in May and a minicamp in June.
Savage may be thankful the story didn't come to light during free agency. The staph infection center LeCharles Bentley contracted after tearing his left patellar tendon in training camp of 2006 has jeopardized his career. To no one's surprise, Bentley continues to train in Phoenix as he attempts a comeback this summer. Receiver Braylon Edwards, tight end Kellen Winslow, safety Brian Russell and linebacker Ben Taylor have also had bouts of staph since June, 2005.
The Browns have had their facility inspected and treated since the first breakout and Jurevicius may not have picked up the infection in Berea.