The NFL is investigating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and their handling of infectious diseases. NFL officials were in Tampa on Friday to discuss policy with the team. It was announced on Thursday that guard Carl Nicks’ staph infection had returned. Then, on Friday, a third player, cornerback Johnthan Banks, had been diagnosed with MSRA.
Over the summer the Bucs shut down their practice facilities when Nicks and kicker Lawrence Tynes contracted MSRA. The team had their facility sanitized twice, but the infection has resurfaced.
Cases of MSRA are not uncommon in the NFL. USA Today reports that there were 33 MSRA staph infections in NFL locker rooms between the years of 2006-2008. However, the infections are incredibly contagious.
MSRA is prevalent among groups that live or work in crowded conditions. If untreated it can be life-threatening, as MSRA will attack the bloodstream, lungs, heart, bones and joints.