MRSA May Have Hit TheTampa Bay Bucs Of The NFL

By: From CNN.com
By: From CNN.com


TAMPA (ESPN Sports, CNN) -- Former Kansas State Wildcat Josh Freeman is gone now, but there's another tough issue the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are dealing with in October.

MRSA infections.

The National Football League Players Association may counsel the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Philadelphia Eagles against playing their Week 6 game depending on the results of a containment report after a MRSA breakout.

Adam Schefter of ESPN passed along the news, which was originally conveyed to colleague Trey Wingo by the NFLPA:

According to CDC.com, MRSA is "a bacteria that is resistant to many antibiotics. In the community, most MRSA infections are skin infections. In medical facilities, MRSA causes life-threatening bloodstream infections, pneumonia and surgical site infections."

Tampa Bay originally dealt with MRSA infections back in August. At the time, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Carl Nicks and Lawrence Tynes had been impacted.

The issue popped up again yesterday. Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports stated that further testing on Nicks showed what was believed to be a recurrence of the infection.

Then it was announced the infection had spread to a third player, rookie cornerback Johnthan Banks, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

Albert Breer of NFL.com provided a little more clarity.

It's clear the Buccaneers have a problem on their hands. Making sure it gets contained before it spreads to more players or even other teams is critical, which is likely why the NFLPA is proceeding with caution until the containment report is released.

Postponing the game would be a major step to take. Tampa Bay has already had its bye, which means the team doesn't have an open week between now and the end of the regular season to play if the game was forced out of this week's block.

Furthermore, the Eagles are contenders in what's developing into a very weak NFC East. It adds another layer of issues to the situation, because canceling the game would have an impact on the playoff race. And yes, it would also impact the huge realm of fantasy football.

Nothing will be officially decided until the report comes back. But the NFLPA must look out for the players, and it could put the league in a difficult position if it's deemed unsafe to play.


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