The Tampa Bay Buccaneers recently treated their facility to try to get rid of MSRA, which sidelined guard Carl Nicks and place-kicker Lawrence Tynes, ESPN reported Thursday.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) is a bacteria resistant to penicillin-type treatment.
Nicks, a Pro Bowl guard, and Tynes recently contracted staph infections. Tynes is having surgery this week on an infected toe.
Nicks said recently that he had a staph infection to one of his toes that will keep him out of action indefinitely.
Buccaneers head athletic trainer Todd Toriscelli has also had an infection since having offseason knee surgery, but was not diagnosed with MRSA.
“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 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 NFL Players Association has been monitoring the extent of the MSRA problem inside the Buccaneers’ facility. Dominik said coach Greg Schiano told the team’s staff and players of the situation last week.
Tampa Bay signed place-kicker Rian Lindell the same day Tynes had surgery to scrape the infection from his toe and toe bone.
Tynes was originally diagnosed with an ingrown toenail but sought a second opinion after it failed to heal and became infected.
The team will make another attempt to disinfect their facility this weekend, according to FoxSports.com.