GREEN BAY, Wis. Terrell Manning was told not to worry. Multiple visits to the Green Bay Packers' training room during the 2012 preseason revealed that the rookie inside linebacker simply had a stomach ache.
Weeks went by with Manning sleeping less than two hours per day, spending most of his nights confined to the restroom. When his pain reached an excruciating level, Manning decided he had enough and drove to the hospital at 4 a.m.
It was at a Green Bay hospital early that August morning that doctors realized this was far from a stomach ache. Manning was actually suffering from colitis, an inflammation of his colon caused by a parasitic infection.
"It was pretty bad," Manning said. "I was scared. I was terrified because I didn't know what was happening. A young guy; I've been healthy all my life. It was scary. I didn't know what was going on."
Three hours after checking into the hospital and being diagnosed, Manning was told he could checkout and head home. But Manning didn't s...