MRSA infection strikes Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Carl Nicks again
The Bucs confirmed that their guard was again troubled by return of MRSA infection in left foot. Their general manager Mark Dominik confirmed the news saying that the infection had returned at the "same place, same location. He wasn’t the only one suffering from that problem. Kicker Lawrence Tynes was also diagnosed to have the same problem. It wasn’t only week one that he missed because of the infection. He was absent from the majority of training camp because of surgery of the big toe on left foot. The surgery was performed to treat MRSA which was identified somewhere in August. MSRA is resilient and certain antibiotics are useless against it.
Nicks was unable to play so he was absent from the rest of preseason games and practices and the starting two games of regular season. Before the infection struck again, he played in games against Arizona Cardinals and New England Patriots.
"From everything we've been told and understand, this does happen, which is why MRSA is a bacteria that's hard to treat," Dominik said of about why the infection had returned.
"In talking with the infectious disease specialist who's been treating Carl and working with us, and working with other professionals, he also confirms and believes strongly this is the same infection,” he said.
The infections were diagnosed during the joint training practices the Buccaneers were holding with New England Patriots prior to a preseason game. The main headquarters of the team, One Buc Place was fully decontaminated by a company hired to clean the area so that chances of any other case related to diagnosed ones could be avoided. Still, the Bucs remained in the dark when asked how they could have contracted the MRSA.
Nicks was signed in by the Bucs in 2012 as a free agent. He came as an All-Pro when he was with New Orleans Saints. On Thursday, he was stated in the injury report and his status was listed as limited as day two wore on. Before this confirmation, the Bucs had given no definite statement regarding his condition.
Lawrence Tynes, the second person to be diagnosed with the infection, helped the New York Giants win two Super Bowls. He was then signed in by the Bucs prior to the training camp. He has also been sidelined for indefinite time now.