Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida
By ANDREW ASTLEFORD  |  Last updated 10/11/13
TAMPA, Fla. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a third case of MRSA. FOX Sports NFL Insider Alex Marvez has confirmed that rookie cornerback Johnthan Banks is the latest player to deal with the serious staph infection resistant to some antibiotics. Bucs general manager Mark Dominik and coach Greg Schiano refused to confirm the identity of the player during separate press conferences Friday, saying they were not at liberty to do so. "We've got to get this thing gone," Schiano said. "Whatever it's going to take, we're going to do." Banks, 24, did not participate in practice Friday. He had not been listed on the team's injury report Wednesday and Thursday. He was seen in the Bucs' locker room Thursday afternoon laughing and joking with cornerback Darrelle Revis about high school football, seemingly with nothing wrong. Dominik said no others staff members, to his knowledge, have contracted MRSA. Dominik said the infected player came to the team's doctors with concerns Wednesday and a culture was taken. On Thursday night, a partial result came back confirming the condition. Dominik said the team spent an hour Friday morning meeting with an infectious disease doctor about MRSA. Also Friday morning, practice was delayed nearly 90 minutes. The team's two previous cases of the condition, kicker Lawrence Tynes and guard Carl Nicks, were diagnosed in August. On Thursday, it was revealed that MRSA had returned to Nicks' left foot. He had declared himself MRSA-free on Sept. 11, and he had played in the Bucs' last two games. Banks was taken in the second round, No. 43 overall, last April. He has 10 tackles with one interception in four games. The Bucs (0-4) host the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. "The organization is doing everything we possibly can," Schiano said. "We'll get through this together." You can follow Andrew Astleford on Twitter @aastleford or email him at aastleford@gmail.com.
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