Tynes' Complaint Alleges At Least 3 Other Bucs, Training Staff Member Had MRSA

Oct 6, 2013

Amanda Tynes posted this picture of her husband, former Buccaneers kicker Lawrence Tynes, in August during the early part of his recovery from a MRSA infection
Credit Amanda Tynes

While former Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Lawrence Tynes continues to recover from a near-fatal MRSA infection picked up during training camp, his complaint against the team alleges the problem may be greater than initially thought.

Jason La Canfora, CBS Sports NFL reporter, broke down the injury grievance filed by Tynes and the NFL Players Association.

Carl Nicks, the Bucs top guard, also was infected by MRSA, but he remained on their roster and returned to action in Week 3. 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. Furthermore, the NFLPA claims that at least three other Bucs players contacted staph infections around the time Tynes got MRSA, and the union continues to investigate whether a member of the Bucs’ training staff was being treated for MRSA as players were reporting to camp.

La Canfora also reports the grievance alleges Bucs head coach Greg Schiano was among those who decided to claim Tynes contracted a different strain of MRSA than the one Nicks had, which led to a delay in both Tynes' diagnosis and treatment.

Tynes, who is on the Non-Football-Injury list, continues to receive medication through a line run directly to his heart.