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Aug 29, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Johnthan Banks (27) is announced as he runs through the smoke prior to the game against the Washington Redskins at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Johnthan Banks May be the Latest Buccaneer to be Infected with MRSA

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a very serious problem on their hands, and it struck once again on Friday when another key member of the team was diagnosed with the extremely dangerous MRSA infection.

Johnthan Banks is a very promising rookie corner with lots of years of great football ahead of him, and it’s an absolute shame that he’s going to be shut down and treated for an infection he couldn’t see coming, and couldn’t realistically prevent.

We can only hope that Banks, along with Carl Nicks and Lawrence Tynes, receive the care and treatment they need to recover fully and resume normal football activities. There are hundreds of horror stories about MRSA and its potentially deadly consequences, so this is a topic that should be taken seriously and dealt with properly by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

It’s impossible to assign blame to the team or any one player for this incident, but it’s also frustrating to continue to see the same issue cropping up and call into question the way the organization is being run. With rumors of a staff member dealing with the infection prior to training camp, it’s a sad string of events that has led to this ultimately dangerous situation with multiple players sidelined with a dangerous, infectious disease.

Mark Dominik would not confirm that Banks was the player suffering from the infection, citing a request for privacy from the player. But he was the only player missing from practice that as not previously on the injury report, so the speculation is not without basis.

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