Tampa, FL, United States (4E Sports) – Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik has confirmed that the team facility was recently treated to erase any existence of MRSA, a powerful bacteria resistant to penicillin-type treatment.
The team made the move after doctors said Pro Bowl guard Carl Nicks and place-kicker Lawrence Tynes contracted MRSA.
Nicks was sidelined by a serious staph infection while Tynes was scheduled to undergo surgery this week on an infected toe.
Bucs head athletic trainer Todd Toriscelli also has battled an infection since having offseason knee surgery, but he was not diagnosed 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 said. “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,” he added.
The NFL Players Association has been monitoring the extent of MRSA existence within the Bucs facility. Dominik said coach Greg Schiano informed staff and players of the MRSA problem last week.
Tynes sought a second opinion after what originally was identified as an ingrown toenail failed to heal and became infected. Doctors at the New York Hospital for Special Surgery confirmed a diagnosis of MRSA.