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Carl Nicks and Lawrence Tynes Suffer MRSA Infections, Buccaneers' Facility Sanitized as Precaution

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been without the services of Carl Nicks and Lawrence Tynes recently, and it turns out there was a very serious reason for their absence.

Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported this afternoon on Twitter that the two Buccaneers suffered from an infection of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, otherwise known as MRSA.

This is a very serious infection that has the ability to claim lives, or at least have debilitating long-term consequences. The Buccaneers have reportedly had the facility cleaned, and will do so again this weekend to be sure.

At this point, the priority for Tynes and Nicks should be their long-term health, as this infection can have more than just football ramifications. But should the infections be properly dealt with, it will likely keep them out for a while as they recover. This is discouraging news, especially as it pertains to Nicks, who Bucs’ fans have been anxiously waiting to see.

But thankfully it sounds like no other players have been affected.

Regardless, this is a serious situation, and our thoughts and well-wishes go out to Lawrence and Carl. Hopefully the infections were caught and dealt with in time to make sure no permanent damage was done, and they retain their health and livelihoods.

We will update you further as more information becomes available.

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