Buccaneers really could've done without the news of an MRSA outbreak after losing its starting quarterback, losing all of its games, and Darrelle Revis already having issues with head coach Greg Schiano. The former is much more serious though because it can't be treated by antibiotics and had a chance of canceling today's Baccaneers/Eagles game to reduce risks of spreading an infection that already took three players.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said that game is still on.aftert finding out other players aren't at risk for infection and the infection didn't originate in the Buccaneers' facitilites. He released a statement via Twitter:
The NFL and NFLPA have worked together in response to the MRSA matter in Tampa Bay. The jointly retained specialist has met with the team..— Greg Aiello (@gregaiello) October 12, 2013
..supervised the inspection of the facilities, conducted medical examinations and agrees with the team medical staff...— Greg Aiello (@gregaiello) October 12, 2013
...that Mr. Banks does not pose a risk of transmission to other players. The specialist also met with team officials from the Eagles.— Greg Aiello (@gregaiello) October 12, 2013
All players have been advised of the process and we will continue to work together to jointly monitor the situation. (End of statement)— Greg Aiello (@gregaiello) October 12, 2013
That's good knews. Hopefully, cornerback Johnthan Banks, kicker Lawrence Tynes, and guard Carl Nicks make full recoveries.
[via Sporting News]