The Tampa Bay Buccaneers injury report for their upcoming Week 6 match with the Philadelphia Eagles has been clouded in recent days by a scary development unfolding at the Tampa Bay facility.
Earlier in the week, the Bucs revealed guard Carl Nicks had a recurrence of MRSA staph infection and Friday it was revealed cornerback Johnthan Banks also has a case of MRSA. Remarkably, both players have yet to be ruled out of Sunday’s game and are listed as questionable. The chances of them participating are slim and teammates and opposing Eagles players might be uneasy about sharing the field with them, given that there’s already questions about even being in the same facility the infected players were treated in. Wide receiver Mike Williams has been limited in practice all week by a hamstring issue and is also considered questionable.
Dashon Goldson has been bothered by a foot injury but was allowed to participate fully in Thursday and Friday practice and is probable to get the start on Sunday. The Bucs have several others listed as probable after being full participants in practice this week, including Mark Barron, Gabe Carimi, Tom Crabtree, Derek Landri, Steven Means and Rashaan Melvin.
Backup corner/nickel Michael Adams (knee) is the only player to have been ruled out, thus far.
The Bucs need whatever help they can get with an offense struggling to bring along a young quarterback in Mike Glennon. Mike Williams being available makes for a nice pairing with Vincent Jackson as the go-to receiving targets. Tampa Bay would be wise not to rush Banks or Nicks back until they’re certain the MRSA situation is contained, or they’re liable to draw even more scrutiny around the league for their handling of injured players.