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October 6, 2013 @ 4:55 pm
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Report: Tynes, Nicks Not The Only Bucs Who Had Staph

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Mark Cook

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The 2013 laundry list of bad publicity for the Buccaneers grew by one on Sunday with another report painting the Buccaneers in a negative light. On Sunday Jason La Canfora reported guard Carl Nicks and kicker Lawrence Tynes weren't the only Buccaneers who contracted a staph infection this year.
Nearly every new day at One Buccaneer Place reminds many of a famous radio program.

“And the hits keep on coming,” is not just a catch phrase reserved for legendary disc jockey Casey Kasem, but since training camp began in late July it has become synonymous with the Buccaneers.

One Sunday another “hit” came with a report by CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora that Carl Nicks and Lawrence Tynes weren’t the only Buccaneers that contracted a staph infection since the start of training camp. And the report also suggested that member of Tampa Bay’s training staff was also treated for MRSA at the time that the Buccaneers reported to camp in late July.

La Canfora wrote, “Furthermore, the NFLPA claims that at least three other Bucs players contacted staph infections around the time Tynes got MRSA, and the union continues to investigate whether a member of the Bucs' training staff was being treated for MRSA as players were reporting to camp."

The new information was obtained from NFLPA sources who have filed a grievance against the Buccaneers due to the handling of the Tynes MRSA infection and the placement of Tynes on the non-injury football list. While Tynes will receive his full $840,000 salary from the team, the designation prevents the former Giants kicker from accruing a year of service towards his NFL pension.

According to La Canfora, “Tynes required two procedures to attempt to scrape the infection out and clean his infected toe, and it remains unknown if or when he can resume training for football. Should his career be in jeopardy, there could be grounds for additional legal action, the union believes.”

The report by La Canfora also said sources from the NFLPA feels head coach Greg Schiano was part of the decision-making process to put Tynes on the non-football injury list claiming that Tynes contacted a strain of MRSA different from what Nicks got at the team facility, and that decision led to a delay in the kicker's diagnosis and treatment of the MRSA infection.

Tynes is reportedly still taking intravenous antibiotics through a PICC line and will continue for at least two more weeks. Tynes future in the NFL is unclear which may set up litigation in the future.

The Buccaneers announced just prior to the final preseason game against the Redskins in August that Nicks and Tynes had contracted MRSA. The team immediately hired an outside company to come in a sanitize One Buc Place two different times in hopes of stopping the spread of the highly contagious infection.




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    @scubog...of course they side with the players, its the NFLPA...That is their job
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    More lies and misinformation from the Schiano camp. Get this idiot out of here, he couldn't even win at Rutgers!.
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    Absolutely right Roland and Deacon Blues. It's everywhere, right along with the mold of which some are so fearful. Our society is always looking to blame someone else and have someone else pay for their well being. Negligence is one thing, but as someone said,"stuff happens". I'm not a big fan of Schiano right now, but in his defense, I would assume he is kept abreast of things under his charge. But here he must rely on others for their expertise. I have a hard time blaming him for this one. The Glazers have done everything expected and are paying Tynes regardless of where he contracted the infection. In typical NFLPA fashion, the player is always right.........even when they bust a cap on someone.
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    @Scubog - you're right about the NFLPA always taking the players side. I think we should all consider for a moment what possible motivation the Bucs or Schiano himself would have in assisting in the spread of MRSA or in not treating one of their players. That's sort of a silly accusation. I'm sure they did and are doing everything possible to rid everyone and everything of this dreaded infection. I had surgery recently and to prepare they tested my nose for MRSA and, sure enough, i had it. I had to pump this greasy crap into my nose for a week to get rid of it. All of that being said, it certainly is news that more players or coaches had or have it. Good reporting by PP as usual.
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    MRSA and regular SA is EVERYWHERE. In 2004 one study showed 9% of 500 healthy, HEALTHY, kids had it... If you go anywhere public you are going to be exposed to it. Period. Our CDC decided long ago to make MRSA (or let it depending on who you believe) part of the bevy of normal flora we all carry around. Never forget you would die with out your own personal bacteria. :-) Football players probably have a dramatic increase in compromised skin and they are in close proximity with each other and they get dirty and sweaty. I'm surprised these "outbreaks" don't happen more frequently. Wash your hands. Wash your kids hands twice (filth animals). Cover your scrapes. But it's everywhere.
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    Roland; you are correct and well said. It's important to know that there are different strains of MRSA and some are more serious than others.
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    Mark, Do you or Scott know why Ahmad Black got released? He was essentially a starter given how much dime the Bucs play. I didn't see any mention of it in the most recent Fab 5 and apparently no one asked about it during the most recent chat because they were too busy railing against Schiano. I seem to remember someone speculating that perhaps Ahmad had failed another drug test, but I don't think that was ever confirmed. It seems pretty peculiar that he would just be released in mid-season when he was performing fairly well.
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    @pweb11: JMHO, A.Black was playing. Not good, not very bad, just playing (not good enough). I guess, they will try out another player at this position. Now that Freeman is gone, Shiano will try to realy improve everything, in order that Glennon can succeed (a little at least). Or NE Patriots Coach called, saying he liked Black but wouldn´t give us anything for him... So G.Shiano cut him.. :)
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    pweb11- you raise a great point. Why isn't anyone on the PR staff digging into why Ahmad Black got axed? Especially since they could use a DB like him.
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    To those few remaining Schiano supporters left in the building, according to the article Schiano made the argument that Tynes contracted a different strain of MRSA that Nicks had. Perhaps with the intention of removing blame from the training staff. I don't understand why Schiano would jump into this situation personally. Is this his version of "accountability"? It's also being reported that MRSA infected others. I don't know if the extent of the MRSA problem was being covered up. But once again, something smells rotten. PR is just reporting, folks.
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    Talk about a loss of Value for the Owners! They are taking a huge hit here and I bet they are all over this to get it corrected. Thanks PR for the info. Some of the fans don't understand much about MRSA and how it effects and affects human beings. Talk to some Doctors, Nurses, Hospital Directors; you'll see how seriously it can spread.
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    Years ago I signed up for the Pewter Report to get football news instead of the soap opera stuff that I was getting from the newspapers. Now, Pewter Report can't wait to leak stuff about staph infections, locker room innuendos, etc. How disappointing. I doubt that I'll renew next year.
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    This is like a baby that gets uglier with age...whew!!
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    @Buc4Life79 - Yup, the media doesn't ever report investigative news about insurance company malfeasance and health concerns. Media always ignore that kind of news 'cause it doesn't bring ratings...wait, No that's not right. Anyway, MRSA rant aside, I think since the NFLPA (who I generally do not like) actually IS conducting an investigation and you are just supposing you know who is making decisions at One Busted Place these days, I'll go with the notion that the media have a better line on the truth in this instance. Thank you and good night.
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    Wait, the NFLPA investigating something gives it any credence? The same NFLPA that is siding with Aaron Hernadez with regards to a contract dispute due to his being cut by the Patriots for murder charges? Not sure that their investigating the circumstances automatically lends credence to the situation. I know it's fashionable, but why don't we actually wait for the "results" of the investigation before throwing an entire organization under the bus for this.
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    Really.... Staph is everywhere and most likely brought into the facility externally. Lets blame Schiano and Dominik for the Aids outbreak in the 80's and the cold I'm catching right now. $hit happens.... We are a country of blame. Everything is always someone else's fault. If Tynes has kids he may have caught it from his germ carrying, nose picking, poop sniffing kids.
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    I am with WV of late. I remember hearing stories elsewhere and PR not reporting due to them waiting on all of the facts. This is a copy of another story with no real details and another drop of Schiano' s name. Of coarse he was in on the decision to put him on the non-football injury list. He is the head coach. Though interesting, there was no reason to post this for news. Most people will like it and it will bring readers.
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    No reason to post this as news??? Are you kidding?? Other players may have has MRSA and the NFLPA is investigating things along with filing a grievance against the football team we cover and it isn't news?? Man I remember the gold ol' days when I couldn't shake the homer reputation lol!
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    Uh OH! Sounds like trouble in river city! Now what was that Schiano said that Carimi had? Mono, plus some other little bacteria thing? lol. All kidding aside, I hope they've gotten that situation under control over there. And I hope the truth comes out because we have enough problems to deal with trying to win a single football game!
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    If the trainer had/has it (alledgedly), then the other two players were most likely injured like Tynes and Nicks, and worked with Toriscelli. Joseph? He worked close with Nicks AND Toriscelli.
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    I'm sittin this season out. I'm washing my hands of this whole F'd up organization. I think I'll watch some Raider games this year. See how Freeman turns out.
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    First off, Dominik not Schiano handles the "business" side of things as has been stated and repeated time and again, so why would Schiano have any say in his compensation decision much less his medical treatment which would and should be determined by the team's doctors HELLO??? Second, it doesn't matter what the NFLPA believes, until the severity of MRSA is made clear like every other health epidemic has been for decades by the Dept of Health, (Aids, cancer, etc.) instead of being swept under the rug to silence the real truth about it's constant mutation being directly connected to insurance companies forcing patients back into their communities while still having active strains of infection that come into contact with other strains, this WILL CONTINUE to happen and only GET WORSE. But of course, why would the media want to report on the truth of such matters when they can simply just continue to take shots at Schiano and the Bucs front office...
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    Buc4life79; Amen. A lot of people do not understand MRSA, the now corrupt medical profession, intent of Insurance Companies, and the greed of money. This is news; maybe not to the walking dead only sports audience.
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    This is all ALLEGED ! ! ..... Fist off.. and what everyone in my opinion is missing is that Nicks did something Tymes also didn't do and that was STAY in Tampa so that the Bucs Dr's could treat him. He left town and did not allow the Dr's to treat him or oversee his treatment. Carl Nicks did and he was on the field by week 3 ! and also I find it funny that they add the last part of "The report by La Canfora also said sources from the NFLPA feels head coach Greg Schiano was part of the decision-making process to put Tynes on the non-football injury list claiming that Tynes contacted a strain of MRSA different from what Nicks got at the team facility, and that decision led to a delay in the kicker's diagnosis and treatment of the MRSA infection." The only reason that was added was to try and put all the heat on Schiano because they saw exactly what Freeman's camp did (which was leak all stories, then let the media's hate for Schiano take it from there). I am really surprise that Pewter Report has engaged in so much hearsay, and bashing of the teams coach with out any proof to support all the false claims, while not holding Freeman responsible for any of his actions.
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    Just reporting a report WV. Let's hold off on the beheading of PR if you will. No agenda here.
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    No offense PewterReportMC, but one of your staff members openly stated that they disliked Schiano previously because of how hard Schiano makes it on media (unfortunately, I don't recall the specific writer or article). From what I have seen, media members who deal directly with Schiano on a regular basis seem to have an intense hatred of Schiano which clearly comes through in writings, while those who do not deal directly deal with him report more towards the facts. I have liked PewterReport and have bee a subscriber for a few years, but I think you and some of your staff are letting your personal feelings cloud your ability to provide unbiased reporting.
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    There's no reason to link this staph infection with everything else happening in Bucs.land;
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    Are we really surprised this staph infection isn't bigger than initially thought?
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    What a PR nightmare.
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