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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