Buccaneers Treat NFL Facility After Staph Infection Outbreak

Aug. 23 (Bloomberg) -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers said they’ve treated their training complex in an effort to eradicate a staph infection that affected Pro Bowl offensive lineman Carl Nicks and kicker Lawrence Tynes.

Nicks, 28, and Tynes, 35, were both diagnosed with MRSA, which is caused by a strain of bacteria resistant to antibiotics commonly used to treat ordinary staph infections, such as penicillin.

“Our primary concern is always the health and safety of our players and staff,” Buccaneers General Manager Mark Dominik said last night in an e-mailed statement. “Our players were informed of the situation and we sought the advice of experts, including the NFL’s medical adviser, who provided counsel and approved of our comprehensive measures including the treatment of our practice facility.”

Nicks will need five to seven days to let the medicine work for his foot infection before he’s re-evaluated to determine how much time he might miss, the Buccaneers said on their Twitter feed. Tynes, the former New York Giants kicker who signed with Tampa Bay last month, had surgery earlier this week on an infected toe.

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