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Tampa Bay Dealing With An MRSA Outbreak

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Photo by Tom Dahlin/Getty Images.
Photo by Tom Dahlin/Getty Images.

Earlier today, the NFL Network’s Albert Breer reported that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had a MRSA outbreak in camp.  So far two players — K Lawrence Tynes and LG Carl Nicks — have been diagnosed with the drug resistant form of Staph infection. 

GM Mark Dominik told ESPN, “We had a company come in and nuke the building a week ago after the cultures taken from Nicks and Tynes confirmed it was MRSA. It was a precautionary move, but we didn't want to fool with it. Our owners said spare no expense. We had the facility treated, and the league office approved of our actions." 

They plan to have the facility treated again this week while the team travels for their next preseason game.

Tynes was originally diagnosed with an ingrown toenail. When that didn’t heal, he sought a second opinion and cultures confirmed that it was an MRSA infection. He chose to undergo surgery on the toe earlier in the week to help fight the infection. Even so, the team signed K Rian Lindell indicating that Tynes’ roster spot may be in jeopardy.

Nicks opted not to undergo surgery and will instead wait for medicine to take its course, which should take five to seven days. He has been ruled out for the remainder of the preseason and is questionable, at best, heading into Week 1. The All-Pro Guard will be given ample time to recover before they put him back out on the field.