After nearly two weeks, Seth Collins is finally going home.
According to The Oregonian, Collins has been released from Corvallis’ Good Samaritan Medical Center. The Oregon State wide receiver was hospitalized very shortly after returning from the Nov. 12 UCLA game with an unspecified illness and had remained there since.
The newspaper wrote that “Benton County officials released a statement last Monday stating that an [unidentified] OSU undergraduate student had been admitted to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center for ‘suspected meningococcal disease.'” Collins wasn’t specifically identified as the student suffering from suspected meningococcal disease, which the CDC describes thusly:
Meningococcal disease can refer to any illness that is caused by the type of bacteria called Neisseria meningitidis, also known as meningococcus [muh-ning-goh-KOK-us]. These illnesses are often severe and include infections of the lining of the brain and spinal cord (meningitis) and bloodstream infections (bacteremia or septicemia).
Meningococcus bacteria are spread through the exchange of respiratory and throat secretions like spit (e.g., by living in close quarters, kissing). Meningococcal disease can be treated with antibiotics, but quick medical attention is extremely important. Keeping up to date with recommended vaccines is the best defense against meningococcal disease.
Earlier this week, OSU officially ruled Collins out of this Saturday’s Civil War rivalry game with Oregon.
Collins is currently second on the Beavers with 36 receptions and 418 receiving yards.
Back in January, Collins abruptly announced his departure from the OSU football program. The decision seemingly centered around the coaching staff’s decision to move the then-quarterback to receiver. Three months later, Collins had a change of heart and returned to the Beavers at his new position.