Posted October 11, 2013

Johnthan Banks reportedly becomes third Buc to contract MRSA infection

NFC South, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Johnthan Banks is reportedly the third Buccaneer to contract MRSA. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Johnthan Banks is reportedly the third Buccaneers player to contract MRSA. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers confirmed Thursday that guard Carl Nicks is again undergoing treatment for a recurring staph infection (MRSA) in his foot. On Friday, the team revealed that yet another player has contracted the dangerous illness.

The Buccaneers did not reveal the name of that player, but NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reports that it’s cornerback Johnthan Banks.

Tampa Bay’s release regarding the latest issue:

A third Tampa Bay Buccaneers player has been diagnosed with a methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection.

Duke Infection Control Outreach Network (DICON) Co-Director Dr. Deverick J. Anderson, recognized as the country’s leading authority on infections disease control, addressed the team and Buccaneers staff earlier on Friday.

Over the past two months the Buccaneers organization has been working with the world-renowned DICON and other infectious disease specialists to treat and educate its players, sanitize its training facility and install new health and safety protocol.

Nicks needed surgery on his big toe after coming down with the staph infection during the preseason. He then sat out the Buccaneers’ first two games before returning to play against New England and Arizona. Nicks has not yet been ruled out for Sunday’s game against Philadelphia officially, but it certainly would be a surprise if he were able to play.

Kicker Lawrence Tynes, meanwhile, required both surgery and the insertion of a PICC line (peripherally inserted central catheter) — the latter to fight the infection with a more direct dose of antibiotics. The Buccaneers placed Tynes on the non-football injury list; Tynes filed a grievance against that designation, arguing that it attempted to shift blame off of the franchise.

As they did back in August after discovering Nicks’ initial infection, the Buccaneers may have to treat their entire facility in hopes of preventing the MRSA bug from spreading further.

Update: NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith released a statement on the Bucs’ continued MRSA problems:

We have been involved in an ongoing review of the MRSA incidents in Tampa Bay initiated by the concerns we had about the manner in which team officials responded to these cases.

We advised the NFL and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that an outside expert should be brought in to assess the situation and we are pleased with their decision to take that recommendation. We have also been in regular contact with the player representatives from Tampa Bay. We will reach out to the Philadelphia Eagles player representatives today and provide them with our best medical guidance and regular updates from the outside experts.

This underscores the need for a League-wide, comprehensive and standardized infectious disease protocol. It also calls for improved accountability measures on health and safety issues by the NFL over the clubs.

12 comments
amandasimon220
amandasimon220

The danger of skin infections is a growing concern among athletes and coaches.Following proper hygiene practices and thorough disinfection techniques can greatly decrease the risk of obtaining skin infections among athletes. 


mbroncofan
mbroncofan

I can't imagine being an opposing player.  Would YOU want to face anyone on this team?  Kind of like when Magic played with HIV...finally got to the point where opponents complained and that was it.  Sounds like this would be easier to transmit too.

revelinit
revelinit

There really is no NEED for all this.  They can play.  I have MRSA,, you can knock out an outbreak with garlic you buy at the grocery store, crush it up, wait 15, add it to water, soak the sore, SERIOUSLY this works, I wish I had a way to get in contact with the Team.  Knocks out athletes foot too.  Just google it.  I am on a Facebook group with hundreds of MRSA sufferers, DOZENS of stories of people curing their sores with Garlic, natural, pure, and MRSA can't EVER beat it. 


eddie767
eddie767

How many players have to contract MRSA,before the NFL steps in? Don't know,but the one thing we know about Bucs is they know how to clean house,but don't know how to clean a house. If they can't follow Fed.guidelines on cleanliness,how are they supposed to create a real team? Something to think about.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

"Move along, folks...nothing to see here...nothing happening here...move along." -- Bucs Management

PigglyWinks
PigglyWinks

MRSA.... something else that the Bucs can't beat.

Cornerss
Cornerss

@revelinit , i bet you would feel great if people cheaped out and lost toes and hands over some garlic and a troll

mbroncofan
mbroncofan

@revelinit Yes Doctor...we'll ignore every brilliant medical mind in the world and follow your advice. 


What an idiot...

bluezombie
bluezombie

@eddie767 I heard one of the trainers had it and it spread to the players. Not sure how true that is but for sure they treat their players like crap! Just like when they won a super bowl and the next year they cleaned house and they have never been much of anything since.  Then they got rid of Tony Dungy! I think at this point it must be an owner thing! I have no respect for them anymore

RobertM
RobertM

@Alix777 @bluezombie @eddie767 You clearly do not understand football. It was the Dungy team that won the SB. Sucked ever since. Colts won with Dungy. All players in Tampa said this is fact. Colts said same thing.