Two Tampa Bay players were recently diagnosed with staph infections, but these were not your average, everyday variety of staph.
According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, both guard Carl Nicks and kicker Lawrence Tynes recently came down with MRSA, an antibiotic-resistant strand that can be fatal if untreated. It is passed relatively easily via skin-to-skin contact, and there is plenty of that at any given football practice.
Tynes has already undergone surgery to remove the MRSA from his toe and Nicks may wind up needing it as well. As a result, the Bucs did the only reasonable thing they could and shut down training camp in order to clean out all the team’s facilities.
“We had a company come in and nuke the building a week ago after the cultures taken from Nicks and Tynes confirmed it was MRSA,” [Bucs GM Mark] Dominik said. “It was a precautionary move, but we didn’t want to fool with it. Our owners said spare no expense. We had the facility treated, and the league office approved of our actions.”
For those of you with strong stomachs who may scoff at the idea of such a crazy-powerful infection, just type “MRSA” into your search toolbar. Prepare to be amazed, horrified and/or disgusted all at the same time.
Hopefully the Bucs are able to stabilize the facility and prevent any further players from becoming infected.