Johnthan Banks, the Buccaneers cornerback has become the third player on the team diagnosed with an antibiotic-resistant MRSA infection, will get a recommendation from a doctor today about whether he should play on Sunday against the Eagles.
PFT has learned that an independent medical expert will make an evaluation this afternoon about whether or not Banks should play. Officially, the Buccaneers’ injury report lists Banks as questionable with an “illness.”
The Bucs have not confirmed that Banks is the player who was diagnosed with a MRSA infection, but it has been widely reported that Banks is the player in question.
Tampa Bay previously lost kicker Lawrence Tynes for the season with a MRSA infection, and guard Carl Nicks missed the first two weeks of the season with a MRSA infection. The NFLPA has expressed concern about the conditions at team facilities and urged the team to bring in an outside expert to evaluate the situation, which the team has done.