Originally written on The Sports Post  |  Last updated 10/17/13
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are having a really rough season thus far. With a record of 0-5, a head coach on the hot seat, AND their supposed “franchise” quarterback traded away, the Bucs can’t really afford to have too many distractions. But they do…a big and nasty one. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (trust me, it is a lot harder to pronounce than it is to spell) or ‘MRSA” is a relatively difficult infection to treat because it is resistant to many antibiotics that are used to treat other forms of staph infections. A bacterium that develops through natural selection, MRSA is commonly found colonized within the nostrils, the respiratory tracts, or open wounds of human beings and is spread through contact. MRSA has a very distinctive symptom. What look to resemble pimples or small spider bites, the infection can spread these small bumps and boils into painful abscesses that need to be drained surgically. Three of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers everyday players have fallen victim to the awful bacteria. Guard Carl Nicks, kicker Lawernce Tynes, and cornerback Johnthan Banks. While Banks has been cleared to play, Tynes has yet to see action on the field this season, and Nicks played a mere two games before being diagnosed with a reoccurrence of the infection. Surprisingly, this is not the first outbreak that has occurred in the NFL in the last five years. In an independent survey done by the NFL physicians, it was reported that there were at least 33 cases of MRSA among the 32 NFL teams. This survey has led to a question that many players and coaches are asking: “How does MRSA become contracted and how does it spread?” The bacterium of the infection itself spreads through contact. Football, being a contact sport, has reports of MRSA infections 16 times the national average. Because of the artificial turf that players play on, wounds are almost always eminent. With turf burns and uncovered cuts, the MRSA infection can be contracted quite easily, as well as spread with no trouble. Treatment for MRSA is difficult to come by because it is resistant to many common antibiotics. The medicine that is used to help and kill the infection is called Linezolid. In pill form, it is a very expensive drug that costs around $100 per pill. Scientists are currently working on trying to create a cheaper, yet effective medicine that can help treat the bacterium, but no luck has been found. As for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, they must wait out the infection on their players. The infection has not only hurt two players, but has embedded its chance of spreading into the psyche of players not infected. Superstar cornerback Darrelle Revis has openly stated that the chance of infection on everyone associated with the team is “distracting.” Regardless, the team has been one of the worst in the NFL this season and thus has called into question the future job status of Head Coach Greg Schiano. Schiano was an integral part in the release of quarterback Josh Freeman and the NFLPA has stated that Schiano personally called for his release. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have no other choice but to wait out the MRSA infection on their players. But in the meantime, they can fix the problems that they have with the roster that they send onto the field every game. Granted, a serious infection like MRSA can affect a team like it has with the Bucs, but if they focus on the task at hand, then they will be fine.
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Adrian Peterson accused of fathering another child out of wedlock

Robert Griffin III liked fan’s Instagram post trashing Redskins

Report: Tom Brady may have been ‘open’ to one-game suspension

Fenway Park staff reportedly confiscating Don Orsillo signs

Clippers’ owner Steve Ballmer betting on himself

Titans' Marcus Mariota: ‘Statistics don’t matter to me’


Raiders cut Trent Richardson

FSU names Everett Golson starting QB for 2015

UCLA's Adams arrested for suspicion of felony robbery

AJ Green heading for contract stalemate with Bengals?

Report: NFL offered to cut Brady suspension to 3 games

Report: Tristan Thompson won’t take below max from Cavs

Most surprising developments from 2015 NFL preseason

Herschel Walker supports Trump’s candidacy for president

WATCH: Kevin Kiermaier robs Manny Machado home run shot

Four most surprising roster cuts from NFL teams

Caroline Wozniacki smoking on cover of ‘Rhapsody’ magazine

Could Robert Griffin III be the NFL’s next Steve Young?

Spurrier: SEC fans right to be upset with Ohio State's schedule

Report: 'Deranged' fan shot outside WWE building

Report: Brady convinced Harbaugh to return to Michigan

Ronda Rousey gets Venice mural from artist Jonas Never

Redskins TE wants to know who's leaking stories to ESPN

WWE superstar's girlfriend fired over Nazi Instagram posts

Madison Bumgarner has once again put Giants on his back

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Four most surprising roster cuts from NFL teams

Raiders cut Trent Richardson

Caroline Wozniacki smoking cover of ‘Rhapsody’

Everett Golson named FSU's starting QB

Urban Meyer won't announce QB before season

Teammates relieved RG3 was benched?

Five NFL teams that should trade for Robert Griffin III

10 takeaways from Week 3 of the NFL preseason

Cubs' Jake Arrieta no-hits the Dodgers

Chicago Bears release Tim Jennings

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker