Monday, October 12, 2015

Giants dedicate game to Daniel Fells, award him game ball after W

New York Giants tight end Daniel Fells, who had five surgeries this week to stave off a MRSA staph infection, sent out a few encouraging words for his teammates via Twitter from a hospital bed before they took took the field at MetLife Stadium Sunday night — "Get that W G-men."
And after the G-Men's thrilling 30-27 W over the visitors, head coach Tom Coughlin stepped to the podium after the game and wasted no time in dedicating the game ball to Fells, who is still in danger of losing a foot to the potentially deadly infection.

“Thank God we were able to get him a game ball,” Coughlin said. “That was some football game there tonight.”

The 32-year-old Fells missed the game as he stayed in a local hospital. He was placed on injured reserve last week before the seriousness of his illness was fully diagnosed.

Sunday night's hero — and fellow tight end — Larry Donnell believed that Fells was watching him from afar as he caught the game-winning touchdown in the back of the end zone with 26 seconds left to put the Giants atop the NFC East.

“It just feel good,” Donnell said, before mentioning his thoughts were with Fells. “That’s my boy. It just feels good to get him [the win]. I’m gonna tell him that I love him.”

Coughlin and the team dedicated the game to Fells beforehand. Fells, now in his eighth season, had offered the offense a veteran presence as he caught six balls for 60 yards in the season’s first three games and had been Eli Manning's best all-around option at tight end.

Fells' MRIs have come back clean in recent days. 

“Hopefully he’ll continue in that direction, and go home and see his kids” Coughlin said.

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