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Report: Three other Bucs players contracted staph infections

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The NFLPA said this week that they were filing a grievance against the Buccaneers on behalf of kicker Lawrence Tynes related to the team’s decision to place Tynes on the non-football injury list.

Jason La Canfora of CBS spoke to sources from the union and reported some details about the grievances on Sunday. Among them are that three other Bucs players reportedly contracted staph infections around the same time as Tynes and guard Carl Nicks, that a member of the Bucs training staff may have been treated for MRSA as players were reporting to camp and that Tynes’ treatment was delayed because the team never did a culture of his infection.

The grievance also claims coach Greg Schiano played a role in Tynes landing on the NFI list, which allows the Bucs to avoid paying his salary (although they aren’t doing that) and impacts his ability to receive 401(k) and other benefits while costing him a year of service time. The grievance alleges that the Bucs’ choice also delayed Tynes’ treatment. Schiano also reportedly said Tynes was doing fine at the same time he was receiving a PICC line in his chest to deliver antibiotics to fight the infection and has reportedly not spoken to Tynes since the decision about the NFI list was made.

Tynes is still on the PICC line and his football future is unclear at this time. More action from the union could follow if Tynes is unable to resume his career.

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10 Responses to “Report: Three other Bucs players contracted staph infections”
  1. commonsenseisnotcmonman says: Oct 6, 2013 12:58 PM

    Schiano may be the worst coach/person in charge in the history of the NFL, and that’s really saying something.

  2. vexey says: Oct 6, 2013 1:08 PM

    I try not to jump on any bandwagon, but holy cow how can anyone defend Schiano now? This is literally putting someones health at risk for the dumbest possible reason

  3. txeer304 says: Oct 6, 2013 1:10 PM

    “The grievance also claims coach Greg Schiano played a role in Tynes landing on the NFI list”

    Well of course he would he’s the coach and part of the organization. The only reason that mention Schiano by name is because they know that media will jump on it and cont. to bash Schiano, just like Freeman’s camp did when they were leaking info.

  4. wearethesteelers says: Oct 6, 2013 1:15 PM

    What a cesspool.

  5. stlluna7 says: Oct 6, 2013 1:21 PM

    This Schiano hate is indicative of so many Ex-Tampa Bay Coaches. Yet so many fans get caught up in the drama. It is why my deep loathing of this kind of media. And working in the Tampa media for quite some time, I know what I am talking about.

    Perhaps the Tampa media and national outlets would show some restraint. Let this work itself out rather than carp on something relentlessly and endangering a person’s career.

  6. rodtorfelson says: Oct 6, 2013 1:32 PM

    The Bucs callous, let’s save cash attitude toward players with staph infections is despicable. As if we needed more proof athletes become little more than disposable pieces of meat once they are deemed no longer useful.

  7. txeer304 says: Oct 6, 2013 1:42 PM

    Hey Rodtorfelson, the Bucs are paying Tymes his FULL salary for the season even though they don’t have too.
    Tymes deal is that he’s not getting a year to count towards his Pension if it wasn’t for that you would have never heard him say a word (or his loud mouth wife)

    Also Tymes is the one that Left Tampa and the Bucs Dr’s once he was diagnosis. Nicks stayed in Tampa with the Bucs Dr’s (and IF there were 3 other players they did too) and look how that worked out, they got healed and he’s back on the field.

  8. petedutcherjr says: Oct 6, 2013 2:20 PM

    “Schiano also reportedly said Tynes was doing fine at the same time he was receiving a PICC line in his chest to deliver antibiotics to fight the infection…”

    He said this during a press conference and it is taken out of context.

  9. thehuddleisondeathrow says: Oct 6, 2013 10:17 PM

    Fire Schiano! End the Circus!!

  10. zam1104 says: Oct 7, 2013 10:41 AM

    How is this a facility problem? Where all these guys having surgery done?

    Staph is everywhere, and MRSA too. And MRSA only matters when it infects your body and your body failed to fight it off. And then lingers after first line antibiotics.

    I’m not sure I get what their problem is.

    But it does give me pause to wonder if there’s something going on, like dirty needles or over-prescribing cortisone.

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