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Tampa Bay general manager Mark Dominik told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen that the team recently treated its facility to erase any existence of MRSA, a serious staph infection which has sidelined guard Carl Nicks and kicker Lawrence Tynes.
The Bucs previously said Tynes was dealing with a toe injury and that Nicks had a blister on his foot that became infected.
You can read much more about MRSA in this article about how the University of Southern California dealt with an outbreak. But the short version is that MRSA can be particularly dangerous because it is resistant to some antibiotics.
"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," 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."
ESPN injury expert Stephania Bell said other college and NFL teams have dealt with MRSA outbreaks. She said high school and college wrestling programs also have frequent problems with MRSA.
“It’s an issue in sports and it’s talked about more and more,’’ Bell said. “Most teams have all sorts of procedures in place to prevent it, but it still happens. What you’re seeing Tampa Bay do now in treating the facility is the right thing, and the only thing to do, once there’s been an outbreak.’’
It’s unclear how long Nicks and Tynes will remain sidelined. The Bucs signed veteran kicker Rian Lindell this week.