Originally posted on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 10/13/13
Cornerback Johnthan Banks, the third Tampa Bay Buccaneers player diagnosed with MRSA, is not a risk to transmit the severe staph infection to other players and has been cleared to play Sunday, the NFL announced Saturday night. In a statement, the NFL said it worked together with the players' association and that a "jointly retained specialist has met with the team, supervised the inspection of the facilities, conducted medical examinations and agrees with the team medical staff that Mr. Banks does not pose a risk of transmission to other players." The league also said the specialist met with team officials from the Philadelphia Eagles, whom the Bucs host on Sunday. Banks was recently diagnosed with MRSA, the severe staph infection resistant to most antibiotics. The bacteria have been known to cause boils, abscesses, impetigo, septic wounds, heart-valve problems and toxic shock syndrome. In extreme cases, it can result in death. People with weakened immune systems who have
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