Tampa, FL-- Two members of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Guard Carl Nicks and Kicker Lawrence Tynes, have been diagnosed with MRSA infections.
General Manager Mark Dominik confirmed the infections to ESPN and other writers on Thursday. The team is expected to issue a statement later in the day.
Nicks and Tynes underwent toe surgeries, and that is believed to be how they contracted the bacterial infection. MRSA is a serious staph infection that is resistant to penicillin-type treatment.
"We had a company come in and nuke the building a week ago, while the team was practicing in New England," Dominik told ESPN. "This was after the cultures taken from Nicks and Tynes confirmed it was MRSA. It was a precautionary move, but we didn't want to fool with it. We had the facility treated, and the league office approved of our actions."
That cleaning company is returning this week, to disinfect One Buc Place a second time.
Nicks is believed to be responding to treatment. Tynes is recovering from his surgery, in New York.
Mark Dominik issued this statement:
"Our primary concern is always the health and safety of our players and staff. Our players were informed of the situation and we sought the advice of experts, including the NFL's medical advisor, who provided counsel and approved of our comprehensive measure including the treatment of our practice facility."