Tampa (CBS) – According to multiple sources, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are dealing with an outbreak of MRSA, otherwise know as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. The Mayo Clinic says MRSA, “is caused by a strain of staph bacteria that’s become resistant to the antibiotics commonly used to treat ordinary staph infections.”

It’s been reported that the players affected are G Carl Nicks and K Lawrence Tynes.

Fox Sports reported that an outbreak was discovered week during the team’s scrimmages with New England. While it remains unknown how the players contracted their infections, it is known that team has gone so far as to sterilize its facilities while the team was scrimmaging against the Patriots, and will do another round of sterilization during the team’s trip to Miami on Saturday.

What makes MRSA so dangerous is its resistance to antibiotics – it actually can be life-threatening.

Numerous teams across the NFL have dealt with the MRSA outbreaks in the past, including the Browns, Steelers, Saints, Rams and others.

“I’m concerned, and wondering why it’s happening. It’s not some little infection that goes away in a few days, it’s pretty serious,” Matt Forte said in 2008.

Neither Nicks nor Tynes have played this preseason as both have been dealing with respective toe injuries.

According to ESPN, Nicks could miss up to a month with this type of infection. Earlier today the Buccaneers tweeted this to their followers…


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