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When Ryan Otten found out he had a staph infection at the Senior Bowl, things didn't seem like they'd ever get better. In a report from Pro Football Talk, Otten knew things weren't good when he first found out what was ailing him. He said, “I hope I don’t lose an arm or my hand or fingers or something. When they told me it was a staph infection, I knew it was bad stuff.”
Phil Savage, the director of the Senior Bowl, felt that Otten's drive to stay on the field was something that would impress teams, saying:
I think he’ll get a lot of credit for that. There’s no question that life in the NFL is not easy. It’s a long, grueling season, and teams definitely take a player’s temperament and toughness into consideration.
While Otten didn't get to show off his complete talents at the Senior Bowl or NFL Scouting Combine, his toughness was still able to show on the field.