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Published On: Sat, Aug 24th, 2013

Buccaneers, Carl Nicks and Lawrence Tynes sidelined with MRSA infections, One Buc Place sanitized

Two Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been diagnosed with Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, better known as MRSA infections prompting the signing of a new kicker and a thorough sanitizing of One Buc Place.

Credits:   CDC/Janice Carr

Credits: CDC/Janice Carr

Bucs guard Carl Nicks and kicker Lawrence Tynes are being treated the antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections, both occurring in their feet.

An ESPN report notes that Nicks recently revealed he had a staph infection to his toe that would sideline him indefinitely. However,the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tweeted Thursday:

“The Bucs need to give Carl Nicks 5-7 days to let the medicine for his foot infection work before re-evaluating how much time he will miss.”

As for kicker Lawrence Tynes, has an infected toe on his right foot. Originally he was diagnosed as having an ingrown toenail; however, a second opinion that revealed the unhealed injury got infected with MRSA.

This has prompted the Bucs into signing  13th-year veteran kicker, Rian Lindell.

Concerning the training facility at One Buc Place, general manager Mark Dominik told ESPN, “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,” he 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.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) is a type of staph bacteria that is resistant to certain antibiotics called beta-lactams. These antibiotics include methicillin and other more common antibiotics such as oxacillin, penicillin, and amoxicillin.

MRSA in the community is widespread and therefore, anyone is at risk. Most people who get MRSA in the community get infections of the skin. Factors that have been associated with the spread of MRSA skin infections include: close skin-to-skin contact, openings in the skin such as cuts or abrasions, contaminated items and surfaces, crowded living conditions, and poor hygiene. People may be more at risk in locations where these factors are common, including: athletic facilities, dormitories, military barracks, correctional facilities, and daycare centers.

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