NFLPA Investigates Buccaneers on MRSA Issue

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NFLPA Investigates Buccaneers on MRSA Issue

by Anthony Caruso on September 11, 2013

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may be in hot water over whether the team communicated the outbreak of MRSA - a dangerous bacteria resistant to penicillin-type treatment - to its players in a timely fashion.

The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) is investigating the team for potential negligence, the findings of which could allow it to sue the team for Article 50 violations under the collective bargaining agreement. Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Lawrence Tynes and guard Carl Nicks contracted the MRSA virus.

Nicks was placed on the Buccaneer's injured list - which will give him full benefits and pension credits - but Tynes is listed on the non-football injury list, which precludes him from receiving credits toward an accrued season under sports law while he fights the potentially fatal disease, according to CBS Sports. The team is asserting that Tynes contracted a different strain of the virus outside of the team's facility. However, the union believes that a team employee is the first patient to introduce the virus to the team facility, a possibility the NFLPA says the team failed to mention on its medical report.

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