Report: NFLPA could advise Eagles-Bucs not to play due to MRSA scare

Winslow Townson

Maybe not likely, but possible.

Well, then... it looks like there's a chance that the Eagles and Buccaneers won't play as scheduled on Sunday afternoon. Nothing is official, but check out this report from ESPN:

Wow. That's kind of a shocker.

The issue here is that a number of Bucs players are dealing with a MRSA scare. BGN's Mike Kaye wrote about this earlier today:

The medical situation in Tampa Bay has taken a turn over the last two days. First, offensive guard Carl Nicks was re-diagnosed with a staph infection on Thursday. Buccaneers cornerback Johnthan Banks has been added to the list of MRSA infections, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport. This makes him the third Buccaneers player to be diagnosed with the infection in just two months and the fourth occurrence during that time frame.

Football aside, this is a significant issue.

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection is caused by a strain of staph bacteria that's become resistant to the antibiotics commonly used to treat ordinary staph infections.

Most MRSA infections occur in people who've been in hospitals or other health care settings, such as nursing homes and dialysis centers. When it occurs in these settings, it's known as health care-associated MRSA (HA-MRSA). HA-MRSA infections typically are associated with invasive procedures or devices, such as surgeries, intravenous tubing or artificial joints.

As our good friend Sander Philipse points out over at Bucs Nation, the cancellation of the game might not be likely.

The NFLPA can advise, but they can't cancel games. Moreover, this infection does not appear to be serious enough to be a threat to the health of other players.

Update: CBS Sports' Jason La Confora reports a cancellation isn't likely:

As does a more likable source in Philadelphia:

Local Update:

BGN will have more on this situation as more details are released. Stay tuned.

More from Bleeding Green Nation:

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join Bleeding Green Nation

You must be a member of Bleeding Green Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bleeding Green Nation. You should read them.

Join Bleeding Green Nation

You must be a member of Bleeding Green Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bleeding Green Nation. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker