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NFL, NFLPA pledge to monitor MRSA at Bucs’ facility

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The league and the players’ union have jointly acknowledged the problem of MRSA infections at the Buccaneers’ facilities, and vowed to work together to deal with it.

In a joint statement, the NFL and the Players’ Association also acknowledged that Buccaneers cornerback Johnthan Banks is the third Buccaneers player to contract a MRSA infection since training camp.

“The NFL and NFLPA have worked together in response to the MRSA matter in Tampa Bay,” the statement said. “The jointly retained specialist has met with the team, supervised the inspection of the facilities, conducted medical examinations and agrees with the team medical staff that Mr. Banks does not pose a risk of transmission to other players. The specialist also met with team officials from the Eagles. All players have been advised of the process and we will continue to work together to jointly monitor the situation.”

There was some talk that the union was so concerned about the potential spread of infection at the Buccaneers’ facility that they would call for Sunday’s game to be postponed or canceled, but the NFL has confirmed that the game against the Eagles will go on as planned.

UPDATE 8:01 p.m. ET: An NFL source tells PFT that infectious disease specialist Dr. Deverick Anderson from Duke University found no evidence that the MRSA infections came from the team’s facility, and in fact found evidence that the infections are separate strains brought into the facility from outside.

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22 Responses to “NFL, NFLPA pledge to monitor MRSA at Bucs’ facility”
  1. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 12, 2013 7:44 PM

    The NFL has pledge to hire a full time rheumatologist to monitor the Tampa Bay MRSA issue.

  2. orivar says: Oct 12, 2013 7:54 PM

    Maybe they’ll fine the MRSA, that’ll stop it!

  3. 8man says: Oct 12, 2013 7:54 PM

    Lights going out at Super Bowls. Disease rampant in locker rooms. Who the hell is running this league?

    Seriously?

  4. seanb20124 says: Oct 12, 2013 7:55 PM

    So is that kicker vindicated ?

  5. wrongsizeglass says: Oct 12, 2013 8:02 PM

    TB is being completely irresponsible with this whole MRSA situation (or is it now officially an “outbreak”?).

    Their casual attitude is endangering the health of the players, coaches and staff. But even if we disregard that. They pay these athletes a lot of money. Why on earth aren’t they trying to protect their investment?

  6. xxakshunxx says: Oct 12, 2013 8:05 PM

    Eagles players get it, spread it to Dallas next week.. Turns out Freeman had it and now spreads it to Minnesota and within 3 weeks the whole league gets it and the NFL folds

  7. bennyb82 says: Oct 12, 2013 8:09 PM

    So nice of them. It’s not like it’s a dangerous disease or anything…

  8. labucs says: Oct 12, 2013 8:09 PM

    If I was a Viking I might not want the locker next to the Ex-Bucmrsaneer

  9. mackcarrington says: Oct 12, 2013 8:12 PM

    If you study this story really close, you would see that it only says that they will “monitor MRSA”. It doesn’t say that they will prevent anyone else from getting MRSA.

  10. jimnaizeeum says: Oct 12, 2013 8:13 PM

    Time to hire Consuela away from Peter Griffin

  11. txeer304 says: Oct 12, 2013 8:16 PM

    I guess some didn’t read the full article. The JOINTLY hired specialist came in and inspected the whole matter and reported that the Bucs handled everything correctly and that the stains of MRSA were brought into the facilities from the outside.

    The bucs did nothing wrong.

  12. purplove1 says: Oct 12, 2013 8:27 PM

    And the purple signed freeman, hello??

  13. jdphx says: Oct 12, 2013 8:34 PM

    This word just in – The infectious disease specialist
    determined it is actually not MRSA, but a really
    bad case of Schiano.

  14. doggeatdogg says: Oct 12, 2013 8:36 PM

    They need to do an OSHA inspection in the entire facility and pay special attention to overall hygiene at the facility, especially showers and restrooms. They need to clorox down the place including offices. Hopefully the players shower using flip flops just like you would at the beach. Any player with open wounds, sores, and bruises should be kept separately to protect them from becoming infected with MRSA and infecting others. If all else fail, kill the whole joint with fire.

  15. joebike2013 says: Oct 12, 2013 8:51 PM

    Let’s see, MRSA infections not in any other NFL camp yet we are supposed to believe that in an amazing set of coincidences 3 players from the same team have come down with 3 separate strains of MRSA in the same general time frame?

    Does the NFL have any credibility?

  16. stc1993 says: Oct 12, 2013 9:10 PM

    That’s some expensive stuff to treat. It cost me over $23,000 for 3 days in the hospital. I guess I can pay them $50 bucks a month for 38 yrs. I would only be 96 y.o. by the time I got them pd. J/S it’s nothing to play around with.

  17. Eli on Injured Reserve says: Oct 12, 2013 9:18 PM

    Has anybody checked the Patriots facilities lately? They lost a step or two, so who’s to say Mad-Scientist Belicheat hasn’t come up with a way to even out the playing field by doing something like this. First is was Spygate, now we have Germgate.

  18. razorbyrd says: Oct 12, 2013 9:35 PM

    I’d be willing to bet that “MRSA” actually stands for “Maria Rosita Salazar Alanzo”… she works the late shift weeknights at the Pirate’s Booty club in Tampa…

  19. odessabucs says: Oct 12, 2013 9:36 PM

    Any healthcare worker or close family member, may very well test positive for MRSA. It does not mean you are infected. It means you are populated with the MRSA bacteria, that is resistent to most antibiotics. And it may well never be a problem. Infections take place if a “Carrier” has or contacts someone with an open wound.

    That’s the scary part about it. There are probably “carriers” on this board who have no idea they are.

    So even though the Bucs are in disarray, their negligence is probably not to blame. I suspect it is the ghost of Hugh Culverhouse haunting One Buc Place!

  20. avo15 says: Oct 12, 2013 10:57 PM

    I’m embarrassed as a Bucs fan. Not just this, everything Bucs 2013.

  21. turbo2728 says: Oct 13, 2013 9:21 AM

    Banks didn’t get it from the facility and there’s no evidence that Nicks and Tynes got it from the facility (though they most likely did).

    Everyone carries it. It’s concerning as the likelihood of infection can be decreased by cleaning around an open cut properly. Are the team medical staff doing their job properly? Surely 3 cases is far to many to be poor luck.

  22. andyisme2 says: Oct 13, 2013 5:35 PM

    @odessabucs

    Finally, someone who actually knows something. Reading all the comments on this has been painful. So many people in the NFL, actually, the general population, would test positive, yet all these people are acting like its all the Bucs fault.

    I’d be interested to see the swab results of half these people

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