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.

35 responses to “Report: Johnthan Banks could play despite MRSA

  1. 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

  2. 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?

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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?

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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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