Johnthan Banks Cleared To PlayOctober 12th, 2013
In a short statement issued jointly by the NFL and the NFLPA this evening, it appears Bucs cornerback Johnthan Banks, recently discovered to have MRSA, a potentially lethal, antibiotic-resistant infection, has been cleared to play in the game against the Eagles, notes Buccaneers.com.
“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, supervised the inspection of the facilities, conducted medical examinations and agrees with the team medical staff that Mr. Banks does not pose a risk of transmission to other players. The specialist also met with team officials from the Eagles. All players have been advised of the process and we will continue to work together to jointly monitor the situation.”
Joe was shocked to learn that Banks had MRSA, because the previous day, Joe saw Banks in the Bucs locker room and he looked anything but sick or in pain. He was laughing and joking with Darrelle Revis and generally having a good time relaxing after practice. It was actually the most relaxed Joe has ever seen Banks.
He sure wasn’t acting like a guy who had a serious infection.
Maybe the Bucs caught this MRSA on Banks right away. Joe has been hospitalized with staph infection before and the affected area is red as a beet, swollen and is incredibly painful to the touch. Joe couldn’t imagine trying to play football with the staph, which is less serious than MRSA.
Joe’s just glad it appears Banks will be fine.