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Report: Johnthan Banks could play despite MRSA

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Multiple reports have identified cornerback Johnthan Banks as the third Buccaneers player to contract MRSA.

But in an unexpected twist, it might not keep him off the field.

According to Alex Marvez of FOX Sports, Banks may still play Sunday against the Eagles.

While it’s possible that it’s a perfectly responsible medical decision, it’s still the kind of thing that will make opponents and teammates alike wary of sharing a space with him, until more is known about the particulars of his condition.

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35 Responses to “Report: Johnthan Banks could play despite MRSA”
  1. kremis says: Oct 11, 2013 3:01 PM

    The Steelers could play Sunday,but why start now?

  2. FlashPatterson says: Oct 11, 2013 3:01 PM

    Stay off the field. you don’t need to infect anyone else.

  3. kingjoe1 says: Oct 11, 2013 3:01 PM

    I read the game may be postponed.

  4. jazsrt says: Oct 11, 2013 3:02 PM

    That has to be the weirdest way to spell ‘Jonathan’ I have ever seen.

  5. nfl4days says: Oct 11, 2013 3:02 PM

    Nothing better than the thought of rubbing up and get and getting hit by a sweaty walking bio-hazard. What if it gets on the ball?

  6. h8glazersgobucs says: Oct 11, 2013 3:02 PM

    Wow. I hope he doesn’t touch anyone during the game. That is incentive to run faster for sure!

  7. dowhatifeellike says: Oct 11, 2013 3:03 PM

    They should use him at RB because nobody is going to get within 5 yards of him.

  8. evilglazers666 says: Oct 11, 2013 3:04 PM

    He should be in a hospital not on a football field. Look for the Glazers to get sued again.

  9. westampa says: Oct 11, 2013 3:05 PM

    You really don’t want to get tackled by him.

  10. kvanhorn87 says: Oct 11, 2013 3:06 PM

    They are trying to force a cancellation instead of a forfeit. Game moved to Philly

  11. swagger52 says: Oct 11, 2013 3:10 PM

    Ray Lewis used to knock your head off, this would “eat” your head off.

  12. damnskins703 says: Oct 11, 2013 3:11 PM

    There is no reason at all that he should play on Sunday if he has MRSA. Why couldn’t the coach get it and not the players? That team is a complete joke

  13. nfl4days says: Oct 11, 2013 3:17 PM

    Guess whos not getting any high fives after they make a play.

  14. deathonwings410 says: Oct 11, 2013 3:19 PM

    Nasty.

  15. mrbigass says: Oct 11, 2013 3:23 PM

    Seriously? How is that not a bad idea……..

  16. jiveturkeygobbler says: Oct 11, 2013 3:24 PM

    No biggie, since there is no contact allowed anyways in the NFL.

  17. 23rdusernameused says: Oct 11, 2013 3:25 PM

    He should be banned fr playing, period, until this MRSA is under control!!

  18. bigjdve says: Oct 11, 2013 3:26 PM

    Where is the league, OSHA, and especially the NFLPA?

    We have to listen to the stupid Redskin name controversy, the former players suing because they ran out of money, and what stupid rules the NFL is making up now BUT nobody is protecting the players, coaching staffs, or other employees from infectious diseases.

    Where are the priorities?

  19. AD2K5 says: Oct 11, 2013 3:26 PM

    This guy is going to have a 100 tackles. As soon he gets near anybody with the ball, that ball carrier is just going to take a knee. I wish I was in a FFL with IDPs!

  20. packfaninthehook says: Oct 11, 2013 3:52 PM

    I’ve seen MRSA up close. It’s absolutely horrible. My wife had it and she honest-to-God looked like she was dying. Had to spend a couple days in the hospital hooked up to some really strong antibiotics.

    This guy should be hooked up to a couple of IVs, not trying to be a hero. MRSA is deadly, deadly stuff.

  21. eaglesw00t says: Oct 11, 2013 3:52 PM

    The NFL cannot allow him to play. If they want to talk BS and spout off about player safety, here is the perfect time to start.

    Dont subject another team to MRSA. I work in a hospital. That stuff is nasty… You shouldnt have people coming into contact with his bodily fluids whatsoever.

  22. riverhorsey says: Oct 11, 2013 4:03 PM

    what happens if blows his mouth piece out and accidentally spits in someones face?

    Don’t think he needs to be playing.

  23. granadafan says: Oct 11, 2013 4:13 PM

    Run fast, Desean, run very fast.

  24. beedubyatoo says: Oct 11, 2013 4:14 PM

    Remember all the negative posts last week when J. J. Watt was bleeding? This is much worse.

  25. wearethesteelers says: Oct 11, 2013 4:15 PM

    LOLOLOL

    6 rings

  26. timocracy13 says: Oct 11, 2013 4:18 PM

    Where the heck is DeMaurice Smith when you actually need him?

  27. tpa43 says: Oct 11, 2013 4:19 PM

    Sounds like because Schiano is on the hot seat, he is more then willing to risk the health and potential life of Johnthan Banks to give him any kind of competitive advantage against the Eagles. Where is the NFLPA?

  28. jeagan1999 says: Oct 11, 2013 4:37 PM

    I think it should depend on what part of his body was infected and how badly. Carl Nicks had an infected blister on his foot…an area not likely to come into contact with other players with a bandage, sock and shoe over it. But if Banks has an open infection on his hand, arm, face or neck area…I’d don’t think I’d want him in the game. Hopefully he will recover quickly…MRSA is not something to be messed with!

  29. saintsredwings says: Oct 11, 2013 5:12 PM

    The league is alright with this ? I guess player safety is only a concern when money is involved.

  30. joebuckiscreepy says: Oct 11, 2013 5:14 PM

    So the guy who played “Mike” on Breaking Bad plays in the NFL now?????

    What, no good??

  31. footballfan58 says: Oct 11, 2013 7:31 PM

    The NFL and the NFLPA both need a lesson in the dangers of MRSA. My husband got it two years ago from a minor burn on his finger. MRSA traveled through his body and he landed in the hospital for 6 weeks – surgery, intensive care unit, then 4 more weeks of powerful IV therapy at home. He’s 6 foot 4 weighing 265 lbs and was weak as a kitten. This is nothing to fool around with, believe me.

  32. ibangrocks4fun says: Oct 11, 2013 8:06 PM

    As a nursing student, if a patient has MRSA we’re not even allowed to enter the room without wearing a gown and gloves on. They’re also given a single room. The idea of him even playing this week just boggles my mind.

  33. bcajun says: Oct 11, 2013 8:38 PM

    Eagles be like RUN!! HES COMING GET AWAY EWWWW!!! COOTIES

  34. bennyb82 says: Oct 11, 2013 8:51 PM

    This potentially could cause much more damage than any helmet to helmet hit. I guess the best way to prevent MRSA from the playing field would be to just allow it to spread and then file a bunch of lawsuits. That is how you get Goodell’s attentio

  35. aljack88 says: Oct 11, 2013 9:31 PM

    bigjdve says:
    Oct 11, 2013 3:26 PM
    Where is the league, OSHA, and especially the NFLPA?

    We have to listen to the stupid Redskin name controversy, the former players suing because they ran out of money, and what stupid rules the NFL is making up now BUT nobody is protecting the players, coaching staffs, or other employees from infectious diseases.

    Where are the priorities?
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    Looking at how Aldon Smith was handled by the 49ers and the League office, we’ll have to wait until several thousands of fans are at risk before any reasonable action is taken.

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