Horrible Flu Season Could Affect Super Bowl Outcome

"It's that time of year."

Officials are calling this the "worst flu season in a decade" — and it may even affect this year's Super Bowl outcome.

According to 247 Sports, the Philadelphia Eagles are in crisis mode due to a flu bug that followed them all the way to Minneapolis, putting as many as three players out of commission.

"Ronald Darby missed Thursday's media session due to illness," 247 Sports reported, "along with Timmy Jernigan."

Outside linebacker Mychal Kendricks also caught the flu this week but was fortunately able to attend the team's final media session before the big game on Sunday.

Speaking with ESPN, Kendricks expressed optimism regarding his team's ability to weather the tough trial brought on by the flu.

"I'm getting over it right now. It's like a cold, I don't know. The whole team has it, though," Kendricks told ESPN. "I don't think it had anything to do with us being out here. I think it started sometime last week. We'll be fine. It's not that big of a deal."

Kendricks clarified he was being sarcastic in saying his whole team had the flu. However, back in Philadelphia last week, players Kenjon Barner and Doug Pederson were both under the weather with flu symptoms.

"It's that time of year. No one's dying," Kendricks said. "It's all good."

This flu season has quickly morphed into a health nightmare for hospitals, especially in New York where emergency rooms have had to push out into the halls and waiting areas to handle the influx of patients.

According to The New York Times, there have been "7,779 confirmed influenza cases and 1,759 people hospitalized in New York, the highest weekly numbers since the state began reporting them in 2004."

Since the flu season began in October, New York City alone has seen a full 33% increase in hospital visits because of the virus.

As to what NFL fans should expect to see happen in Minneapolis on Sunday, if Eagles lose due to the flu, a new Deflategate-sized conspiracy could be in order. Just blame "Flugate" on Tom Brady.

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