The Washington Post

Tampa Bay Bucs treat facility after MRSA outbreak

Lawrence Tynes is responding to treatment, the team says. (Mike Carlson / AP)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers recently disinfected their facility after an outbreak of the superbug MRSA sidelined guard Carl Nicks and kicker Lawrence Tynes, ESPN reports.

The antibiotic-resistant staph bacteria (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) was found in Nicks and Tynes, who underwent surgery to remove infected tissue from his toe. The Bucs say that both players are responding to treatment.

“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,” General Manager Mark Dominik told Chris Mortensen. “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.”

Over the years, the NFL and the NFL Players Association have paid close attention to the issue, with teams like the Washington Redskins taking preventative measures. After several incidents, the Redskins in 2006 installed a Jacuzzi system equipped with an ultraviolet light filtering system designed to kill germs and hired a company to treat the training room, locker rooms and weight rooms with an anti-microbial coating. Players are constantly warned to use antibacterial soap, not to share towels or shoes, and to treat small nicks and abrasions.

In 2006, defensive lineman Brandon Noble battled an infection that led to complications that cut short his career during his career. “The worst and most unexpected thing that I have come up against in my football career,” Noble wrote on the Infection Diseases Society of America website in 2006, “has been a tiny little thing that I cannot see.”

Because prevention There are also signs throughout the training room, reminding players to avoid entering the whirlpools or Jacuzzis without first having showered. At each entrance to the training room are oversized dispensers of antibacterial liquid soap. In the locker room’s bathroom area, across from the new Jacuzzi, is a sign adjacent to the sink, reminding players not to share razors.

The Redskins play the Bucs next week in Tampa Bay in the final preseason game.

Follow @CindyBoren on Twitter and on Facebook.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Show Comments
Most Read



Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Your Three. Videos curated for you.
Play Videos
Sleep advice you won't find in baby books
In defense of dads
Scenes from Brazil's Carajás Railway
Play Videos
For good coffee, sniff, slurp and spit
How to keep your child safe in the water
How your online data can get hijacked
Play Videos
How to avoid harmful chemicals in school supplies
Full disclosure: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1 ghoul
How much can one woman eat?
Play Videos
What you need to know about Legionnaires' disease
How to get organized for back to school
Pandas, from birth to milk to mom
Next Story
Cindy Boren · August 22, 2013