MRSA Mess Running DeeperOctober 6th, 2013
The nasty staph infection known as “MRSA” cost the Bucs their second kicker of the season, Lawrence Tynes, and knocked All-Pro guard Carl Nicks out for a few weeks.
(Hey, with better kicking and better line O-line play, the Bucs might be 3-1.)
Tynes, as has been reported previously, feels jilted because the Bucs put him on a non-football-injury list, which hurts his potential retirement pay. Tynes is fighting the designation. As part of that official grievance, per Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Tynes and/or the player’s union alleged three additional Buccaneers players contracted a MRSA infection and a training staff member was infected before players arrived in July.
Furthermore, the NFLPA claims that at least three other Bucs players contacted staph infections around the time Tynes got MRSA, and the union continues to investigate whether a member of the Bucs’ training staff was being treated for MRSA as players were reporting to camp.
Joe won’t speculate what Bucs were the others allegedly affected by MRSA, and when and to what degree they might have been infected. You can click through above to learn more.
Joe really never had much deep interest in the MRSA mess; it’s a very unfortunate illness, and it’s unfortunate that Tynes and his employer are in a state of unrest. However, in light of the Josh Freeman scandal surrounding the release of some of his medical records in the confidential NFL substance abuse program, Joe is a lot more interested in how this MRSA mess turns out.