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Staph infection outbreak could force NFL to move Eagles-Bucs game

Oct 11, 2013, 3:53 PM EDT


Crazy news coming out of Tampa Bay on Friday. Three players on the Buccaneers roster have contracted MRSA—a strain of staph infection that’s resistant to some antibiotics—including two new cases just this week.

How serious is the outbreak? The NFL may have to move Sunday’s Bucs-Eagles tilt.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Players Association may advise the league to move the game in order to prevent the infection from spreading. As of now, they are awaiting word from the Duke Infection Control Outreach Network on whether or not the disease has been contained.

Per Bucs beat writer Roy Cummings for the Tampa Tribune, the league denies there has been any conversation about canceling the scheduled contest. Tim McManus of Birds 24/7 added via NFL spokesman Greg Aiello that the game is not likely to be postponed either.

Also per McManus, the Eagles are still planning to travel to Tampa Bay on Saturday.

Strange story that probably doesn’t have too much of an impact on the action on the field, unless of course cancellation were to become an option. If you happen to be traveling for the game though, you’ll want to be sure to keep abreast of this situation in case the game is moved to an alternate time or location.

Details are sketchy at best at this point, but there are some obvious concerns in Tampa Bay’s locker room right now.

>> Third Buccaneers player tests positive for MRSA [ESPN]

  1. will - Oct 11, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    wouldn’t the fact that a bucs player not named tynes or nicks has contracted the infection as recently as this week suggest that it has in fact not been contained?

  2. Tony - Oct 11, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    MRSA is not resistant to antibiotics, it is sensitive to quite a few antibiotics, it is resistant to methicillin. Also, a large amount of the general population is colonized with MRSA already, that is why patients coming into a hospital are checked.

    • dku5 - Oct 11, 2013 at 5:52 PM

      Depends on the strain, but for layman conversations it is fairly correct in saying mrsa is resistant to antibiotics. Hospitals also check patients because their immune systems are usually weak fighting an illness (hence the admission) and that is ideal for contracting mrsa.

  3. dr. love - Oct 11, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Nice to hear that there’s no plan to postpone the game. I didn’t realize that a stupid football game is more important than containing a staph infection resistant to antibiotics.

    Seriously, what the fuck, NFL? Good luck with that second lawsuit on concussions, answering questions about whether you put the league and game play above player safety and health.

  4. sparki1980 - Oct 11, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Third Player is CB Johnthan Banks… according to SBN blogs. He also might still be able to play:

  5. willh888 - Oct 11, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    I know one thing, Nate Allen wont get it

  6. JMRA - Oct 11, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Reblogged this on Joe Montana's Right Arm and commented:
    Uh oh.

  7. psudrozz - Oct 11, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    sounds like somebody was on the stripper pole without wiping it down first.

    • willh888 - Oct 11, 2013 at 6:23 PM

      that pole didn’t belong to the stripper, but she was there

    • Hiccup - Oct 11, 2013 at 6:32 PM

      Hey, my mom is a dancer so watch what you say!


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