TAMPA, Fla. -- At least one member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers admitted the recent outbreak of MRSA on the team has hurt it on the field.
"Coming back from the bye and trying to get prepared for Philly, it was a big distraction," cornerback Darrelle Revis said after Sunday's 31-20 loss to the Eagles.
Kicker Lawrence Tynes and guard Carl Nicks each were diagnosed with staph infections in the preseason. Nicks recovered and played in the two games immediately before the bye, but Nicks was diagnosed with a recurrence last week.
Also last week, rookie cornerback Johnthan Banks was diagnosed with MRSA. Banks played in Sunday's game, making five tackles.
"Our minds were on starting fresh and getting back into the football mode coming off the bye, and then we had to deal with this,'' Revis said.