Often times when you hear of injuries, you think of them just as that – injuries. It’s just a matter of time until they repair themselves, either naturally or by doctors.
Both are currently dealing with MRSA infections, which is not for the faint of heart. Trust me, unless you have a strong stomach, don’t go Google or Wikipedia it – you’ll thank me later.
ESPN’s Chris Mortenson confirmed the infections on NFL Insiders today:
Buccaneers confirm Carl Nicks and Lawrence Tynes were afflcted with MRSA infections. More on NFL Insiders, 3 ET, ESPN.
While MRSA infections aren’t exactly overly common, the most famous player to ever contract such would probably be former NBA Rookie of the Year, Grant Hill, who suffered the staph infection in 2003 during his time with the Orlando Magic. Hill underwent surgery on his leg where doctors re-fractured his ankle and realigned it with his leg bone. Five days after the operation Hill was rushed to the ER with convulsions and a near 105 degree temperature.
Hill was hospitalized for over a week and had to take intravenous antibiotics for six months to keep the deadly infection from returning.
Both players are reportedly doing ‘well’ in their recovery but there’s little other news about Nicks or Tynes at this point.
The Bucs’ facility recently underwent a mass disinfecting and will undergo another round in the next day or two.