Tampa, FL, United States (4E Sports) – The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) is investigating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers whether the team communicated the outbreak of MRSA — a powerful bacteria resistant to penicillin-type treatment — to its players in a timely fashion.
If there is any evidence of negligence or cover-up, the union could file for an “Article 50″ violation under the collective bargaining agreement and could seek financial damages.
Last month, Tampa Bay general manager Mark Dominik confirmed the outbreak at the Bucs’ facility, saying the team’s “primary concern is always the health and safety of our players and staff.”
“Our players were informed of the situation and we sought the advice of experts, including the NFL’s medical advisor, who provided counsel and approved of our comprehensive measures including the treatment of our practice facility,” he added.
The Bucs are trying to cut kicker Lawrence Tynes, who was hospitalized with the MRSA infection, offering a financial settlement and placing him on the non-football injury list rather than injured reserve.
However, the union is fighting that move because Tynes would not get his full salary and benefits or another season toward his pension. The non-football injury designation also would reduce the amount of severance the Bucs would have to pay Tynes.
Buccaneers offensive lineman Carl Nicks, a Pro Bowl guard, also is missing Sunday’s game against the New York Jets because of a MRSA infection.