Two Tampa Bay Buccaneers, K Lawrence Tynes and G Carl Nicks, were diagnosed with MRSA recently during the Bucs joint practice with the New England Patriots. MRSA, an evolved strain of a staph infection that is resistant to a number of different antibiotics, can indeed be spread through contact. And in the case of Lawrence Tynes and Carl Nicks, the infection was most likely contracted through open wounds on their feet.
K Lawrence Tynes was signed this past July in the hopes that he would replace the injured Connor Barth. Only about a month removed from that signing, Tynes now has a PICC line that is flowing antibiotics almost directly into his heart.
Buccaneers Head Coach, Greg Schiano, recently said that both players are responding well to the treatement they are recieving. But if you ask Lawrence Tynes’ wife, Amanda, she has a slightly different observation of her husband’s recovery. Amanda Tynes put out this picture through her Twitter account to show her uneasiness about the situation.
According to the team, they are working to ensure that this is not a recurring problem by disinfecting their facilities. A timeline for the recovery of Nicks and Tynes has not yet been established.