The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are having to overcome more adversity than just preparing for the regular season.
After Carl Nicks and Lawrence Tynes both came down with serious staph infections, the team had their One Buc Place facility sanitized of all bacteria.
Tynes’ case actually required surgery earlier this week which held him out of their third preseason game in Miami. Nicks did not play during the team’s second game versus New England, but the team is saying that had nothing to do with the MRSA infection. Unfortunately, Nicks does have the infection in his foot, the area he is already recovering from.
Bucs GM Mark Dominik spoke to ESPN and told them he wanted to take care of this issue all at once.
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. 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.
– Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM, Mark Dominik
If you’ve never heard of MRSA, I don’t advise googling it and hitting the image tab. Just take my word for it, it’s a very serious problem.
It seems as though the problem has been taken care of, but it’s still an annoying inconvenience, especially for a player like Carl Nicks. There’s no timetable on Tynes and Nicks’ return, but the team is certainly hoping it’s as minor as possible. No further cases of the infection have been confirmed.