December 3, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; New York Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes (9) kicks the ball during warm ups prior to the Giants

NFLPA: Buccaneers Did Not Provide Lawrence Tynes the Same Treatment as Carl Nicks During MRSA Outbreak

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have some serious problems on their hands, and it has nothing to do with a fifth-year quarterback who finds himself in free agency at the moment.

According to a report by Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Lawrence Tynes was not given the same sort of health care from the team as Carl Nicks, and it may have led to his tougher (and continued) battle with a MRSA infection.

Here’s the exact quote from the article:

According to union sources, their grievance claims that Tynes was not cultured for MRSA by the team — causing a delay of over two weeks between when his diagnosis was made, and treatment began — while Nicks was placed on the correct battery of drugs right away.

Tynes was eventually placed on the non-football injury list, which means the team asserts he did not contract the infection at the team facility. And according to the grievance, Greg Schiano was a part of the decision-making process to put Tynes on that NFI list.

I’ve seen fans make the despicable comment that Tynes’ infection “didn’t matter’ because he’s “just a kicker.” And as reprehensible as it is for a fan to degrade the value of a human life based on the position he plays in the game of football, it’s even worse if the Buccaneers did the same thing in how they treated Tynes.

There are reports in the same article that someone in One Buc Place on the training staff may have undergone treatment for MRSA as the players reported for camp. If that’s true, then there is no way the Buccaneers could know for sure that Tynes’ infection came from outside the building, and it’s certainly not logical to treat Nicks and not treat Tynes.

Greg Schiano told the media that Tynes was “responding well” to treatment, yet he still has a line of medication being pumped into his body to fight infection.

We have not heard the last of this situation, as there were allegedly players and staff dealing with staph infections that were never reported. And with Greg Schiano’s name included in the grievance against the team, he’ll have even more pressure to perform as a coach to overcome the PR nightmare that this team has become.

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