Carl Nicks, Lawrence Tynes and Johnthan Banks Infected by Bucs' MRSA Outbreak
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pro Bowl offensive guard Carl Nicks, kicker Lawrence Tynes and cornerback Johnthan Banks contracted a Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection.
Updates from Wednesday, Nov. 20
MLive's Kyle Meinke describes how Schiano reacted when asked about the MRSA issue heading into Sunday's game against the Lions:
Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano just hung up on Detroit reporters during weekly teleconference. First time that's happened all year.— Kyle Meinke (@kmeinke) November 20, 2013
Schiano was 10 minutes late, then hung up less than 6 minutes in.— Kyle Meinke (@kmeinke) November 20, 2013
Schiano hung up after he was asked whether the MRSA had been cleaned up.— Kyle Meinke (@kmeinke) November 20, 2013
Schiano answered the question, then abruptly hung up.— Kyle Meinke (@kmeinke) November 20, 2013
Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio has the latest on this situation:
Joseph doesn’t have MRSA. That’s what the Bucs told JoeBucsFan.com in response to Duemig’s report/speculation.
From FOX 13 in Atlanta:
Once Tampa Bay Buccaneers players left the Georgia Dome locker room, a hazmat crew went in to clean the facility to make sure no traces of MRSA were left behind.
UPDATE: Saturday, Oct. 12
From NFL PR's Greg Aiello:
The NFL and NFLPA have worked together in response to the MRSA matter in Tampa Bay. The jointly retained specialist has met with the team..— Greg Aiello (@gregaiello) October 12, 2013
..supervised the inspection of the facilities, conducted medical examinations and agrees with the team medical staff...— Greg Aiello (@gregaiello) October 12, 2013
...that Mr. Banks does not pose a risk of transmission to other players. The specialist also met with team officials from the Eagles.— Greg Aiello (@gregaiello) October 12, 2013
All players have been advised of the process and we will continue to work together to jointly monitor the situation. (End of statement)— Greg Aiello (@gregaiello) October 12, 2013
UPDATE: Friday, Oct. 11
From CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora:
NFLPA statement on MRSA outbreak in TB applauds NFL for agreeing to their suggestion of bringing in outside expert to assess the situation— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) October 11, 2013
UPDATE: Friday, Oct. 11
From Ian Rapoport of NFL Network:
Source: #Bucs CB Johnthan Banks is the latest Tampa Bay player to have contracted MRSA.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 11, 2013
From Alex Marvez of Fox Sports:
UPDATE: Friday, Oct. 11
From ESPN's Adam Schefter:
Bucs are holding a team meeting this afternoon to discuss the entire MRSA issue and approach.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 11, 2013
From Rick Stroud of The Tampa Bay Times:
More information will be disclosed at the news conf with GM Mark Dominik and co-director if Duke Infection Control Outreach Center at 1:45.— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) October 11, 2013
UPDATE: Friday, Sept. 20
From Jenna Laine of AM 1040 in Tampa Bay:
Bucs LG Carl Nicks is expected to play Sunday. Will be his first game back since undergoing foot surgery and his MRSA infection.— JennaLaineBucs (@JennaLaineBucs) September 20, 2013
UPDATE: Wednesday, Sept. 11
From the Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
Carl Nicks did some work at practice today but was limited. No word yet on if he will play Sunday. Gabe Carimi remains first to replace him.— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) September 11, 2013
UPDATE: Monday, Sept. 2
“This whole thing is wrong. My biggest emphasis is I don’t want this to happen to any current or future player. I’m going to fight this thing as long as I have to, because this team should not be allowed to do this to players.
If I drop a 45-pound plate on my foot while lifting weights in the weight room at the facility, it’s IR. So I just don’t understand how my situation is any different. I went to work, I kicked, I practiced, I cold-tubbed, I hot-tubbed, I showered for all those days there. I come up with MRSA and it’s a non-football injury? They’re basically trying to exonerate themselves of this, and I’m not going to allow it to happen.
It’s the humanity of it — not accepting blame and then trying to sugarcoat it with the salary,” Tynes told Garafalo. “That was their PR cover-up: ‘At least you’re getting paid.’ That’s not the point. It’s wrong.”
Tynes went on to discuss the uncertainty regarding his health moving forward:
"It is scary, I'm really scared. I'm scared for my health, primarily, but when you think about football, I was going to be the Bucs' kicker until I contracted MRSA. So yeah, I'm mad because I want to play football and I'm worried about my toe.
I've had three procedures, I've had a PICC line, I don't know what else is next."
UPDATE: Wednesday, Aug. 28
The Patriots are taking every precaution necessary to avoid a situation like the one the Bucs are facing. From ESPN's Adam Schefter:
"The New England Patriots recently had their training facility treated to erase any potential existence of MRSA, a serious staph infection that also threatened the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier this month, a league source told ESPN.
The Patriots hosted the Buccaneers two weeks ago for joint training camp practices and scrimmages. After the Buccaneers returned to Tampa and the news surfaced that two of their players had MRSA infections, the Patriots had the visiting locker room at Gillette Stadium professionally sanitized, according to the source."
Per Mortensen's official report for ESPN.com, the team treated its facility over the weekend to effectively "erase any existence of MRSA."
Alex Marvez of Fox Sports 1 and NFL.com's Albert Breer both posted tweets concerning how the Buccaneers treated the facility once officials realized the maladies that have kept Nicks and Tynes sidelined were of the MRSA variety:
Bucs coach Greg Schiano told his players about the MRSA outbreak on Monday, after the facility was taken care of.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) August 22, 2013
As noted by CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, getting rid of MRSA is not solved with old-fashioned elbow grease and baby wipes:
Teams have had to sterilize their locker rooms, alter equipment, practice field, even laundry/towel protocols in past to prevent its spread— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) August 22, 2013
According to Mortensen, Nicks and Tynes have both been dealing with toe infections related to the penicillin-resistant bacteria. Nicks has been sidelined indefinitely, while Tynes had surgery on his infected toe earlier this week.
Bucs general manager Mark Dominik confirmed to Mortensen that the franchise was dealing with MRSA.
"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," Dominik told Mortensen. "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."
The Buccaneers situation was described to me as being "something like what Cleveland dealt with" a few years back.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) August 22, 2013
Fox Sports 1's Mike Garafolo spoke with Kellen Winslow, a member of that 2008 Browns team, when whispers of Tampa Bay's MRSA outbreak started picking up steam. Winslow's reaction says it all:
Spoke to Kellen Winslow yesterday on MRSA. His eyes went wide when I told him rumor was the Bucs are dealing with it. He had it in Cleveland— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 22, 2013
Staph infections are no joke, and Nicks' and Tynes' misfortunes are the latest reminder that sports franchises everywhere should continue to value proper protocol to avoid future MRSA outbreaks.
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