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Players’ union expresses concerns about staph at Bucs’ facility


The news that a third Buccaneers player is battling a staph infection has the NFL Players’ Association increasingly concerned about why the Bucs haven’t been able to get the problem under control.

Early reports indicated that the NFLPA might request that Sunday’s Eagles-Bucs game be canceled, postponed or moved out of Tampa, but the game is set to be played as scheduled. Still, a statement from the union made clear that the players consider this a matter that the NFL needs to get a handle on.

“We have been involved in an ongoing review of the MRSA incidents in Tampa Bay initiated by the concerns we had about the manner in which team officials responded to these cases,” the statement said. “We advised the NFL and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that an outside expert should be brought in to assess the situation and we are pleased with their decision to take that recommendation. We have also been in regular contact with the player representatives from Tampa Bay. We will reach out to the Philadelphia Eagles player representatives today and provide them with our best medical guidance and regular updates from the outside experts. This underscores the need for a League-wide, comprehensive and standardized infectious disease protocol. It also calls for improved accountability measures on health and safety issues by the NFL over the clubs.”

Buccaneers kicker Lawrence Tynes is out for the season with a MRSA infection. Buccaneers guard Carl Nicks missed the first two weeks of the season with a MRSA infection. Buccaneers cornerback Johnthan Banks is the latest to be diagnosed with a MRSA infection and is listed as questionable for Sunday. The Buccaneers announced on Friday that they are working with the Duke Infection Control Outreach Network and that Dr. Deverick J. Anderson, a leading authority on infectious disease control, addressed players and staff on Friday.

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22 Responses to “Players’ union expresses concerns about staph at Bucs’ facility”
  1. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 11, 2013 5:24 PM

    “It’s all Josh Freeman’s fault”

    – leaked source

  2. onebucplace says: Oct 11, 2013 5:26 PM

    I don’t know what the big deal is, coach said to put some neosporin on it and play. Lets GO!

    Guess who the happiest person in football is today? You guessed it, Josh Freeman.

  3. tincansailor981 says: Oct 11, 2013 5:28 PM

    Their coach is an infection

  4. butthatmakestoomuchsense says: Oct 11, 2013 5:28 PM

    Cue to the tired old anti-union rhetoric in 5…4…3…

  5. cajunaise says: Oct 11, 2013 5:30 PM

    Wait…staph or staff?

  6. thegreatgabbert says: Oct 11, 2013 5:32 PM

    Bucs express concerns about staff at NFLPA.

  7. germanstingray says: Oct 11, 2013 6:03 PM

    “Outside expert?!?!?” Who does the NFLPA think that the infectious disease specialist from Duke was?

  8. mitybuc says: Oct 11, 2013 6:05 PM

    The Bucs are an utter mess. Read recently where someone said that they were a rolling non-stop grease fire. That about sums it up.

    MRSA is serious stuff. Someone/anyone…has got to step up and take control before more are infected.

    Cancel or move multiple games, whatever it takes.

    Then maybe address the the mess also known as the current coaching staff.

  9. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Oct 11, 2013 6:38 PM

    Staph – 3
    Staff – 0

  10. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 11, 2013 6:48 PM

    “Does anyone know a good rheumatologist to fix this MRSA problem???”

    – Paul Tagliabue

  11. jimthebuilder27 says: Oct 11, 2013 7:02 PM

    Did the Bucs take cues from the Cleveland Browns? I mean, how many staph infections did the Browns battle?

  12. dartwick says: Oct 11, 2013 7:22 PM

    Just how big will the premium be that the Bucs must pay to sign a free agent next year?

    MRSA + Schiano = please no anywhere but the Bucs.

  13. fumblenuts says: Oct 11, 2013 7:26 PM

    Schiano: MRSA? “Toes on the line and rub some dirt on it.”

  14. prmpft says: Oct 11, 2013 7:45 PM

    I guess the training staff is about to get fired…

  15. CowboyErik says: Oct 11, 2013 7:58 PM

    Move to LONDON!

  16. kingpel says: Oct 11, 2013 8:01 PM

    MRSA is a big problem at St Joseph’s Hospital which is right across the street from Bucs HQ. I’ve seen players there getting x rayed and wouldn’t be shocked if that place is the source of these problems. Before you call me slanderous know that my grandfather died at that hospital. Want to guess the cause of his death?

  17. tremoluxman says: Oct 11, 2013 8:06 PM

    Geez, hose the place down with Lysol and Clorox and wear waders in the shower.

  18. FinFan68 says: Oct 11, 2013 8:26 PM

    They can sanitize the facility all they want. That isn’t the problem. Some of the players/staff/family members have it. They are carriers. Many people are and don’t know it. The problem with MRSA is what it can do (but not necessarily will do) to open wounds. Many hospitals screen every surgery patient prior to operating. It will not go away unless everyone infected take proper steps to get rid of it. Make everybody affiliated take a nasal swab and react accordingly when the results come back. THEN sanitize the facility.

  19. gotampabay52 says: Oct 12, 2013 1:23 AM

    Kingpel very sorry about your grandfather I got MRSA at the UCF gym a visiting girlfriend. We watched it spread while sitting in waiting room at the Florida hospital in orlando. Five days later was released. It not the Bucs or Browns. This stuff is everywhere and there are carries fans lay off it can happen to any team at any time. Watch your comments people do die by MRSA and the worse place is hospitals watch your comments and karma is a bitch lay off the MRSA comments re read kingpel’s comment people do die by this I was close don’t blame UCF but they do clean better now trust me enough said go Bucs sorry again kingpel’s

  20. viachicago22 says: Oct 12, 2013 3:16 AM

    This franchise is an absolute joke. Terribly run.

  21. aetherthe says: Oct 12, 2013 6:44 AM

    More like staff infection, amirite?

  22. kirbylaw says: Oct 12, 2013 10:11 AM

    My wife spent 9-weeks in the hospital-4 of those in ICU- with a MRSA infection. That was 2007. For the next 3-years we passed it back and forth while employing surgical operating room hygiene standards in our home. We may hear that the Bucs have “solved” the problem, but I cannot envision that 53+ athletes; their families; the coaching staff and their families; etc., will be able to follow the hygiene regimen we had to in order to rid ourselves of MRSA. More likely then not we will hear about league wide breakouts. It is a national pandemic. I became an expert in how it spreads and how it is treated. It is a very mean infection.

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