Tampa, FL, United States (4E Sports) – A third Tampa Bay Buccaneers player after kicker Lawrence Tynes and guard Carl Nicks has been diagnosed with an MRSA infection.
The team cited provisions from the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 in refusing to divulge the identity of the third player.
Neither Tynes nor Nicks caught the infection from the other, but it hasn’t yet been ascertained if the third player caught the infection from Tynes or Nicks, according to Dr. Deverick J. Anderson, co-director of Duke Infection Control Outreach Network.
“We can definitively say that the first two cases were really not related to each other,” Anderson emphasized.
Nicks came back and played in two games before he was diagnosed with a recurrence Thursday.
The recurrence could be a sign that he may need surgery to scrape the infection off a bone in his foot, Anderson said.
Meanwhile, the NFLPA has filed a grievance on behalf of Tynes, who has been placed on the nonfootball injury list, seeking to get him placed on injured reserve. The designation would allow Tynes, who is being paid his salary,
to accrue another season toward retirement benefits.
Anderson said the Buccaneers, who host the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, have handled the situation as well as possible.
“I can say that I believe it is a safe environment for the players and staff, and I think there are a few reasons why I
can say that,” he said. “I got to come and review the facilities about a month ago and I got to see how practice was performed, and based on my observations, I didn’t think there was anything very high risk.”