Tampa Bay Buccaneers confirm Carl Nicks, Lawrence Tynes have deadly MRSA infections

Jul 25, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; A detailed view of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers helmet on the field during training camp at One Buccaneer Place. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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.

However, sometimes injuries can be far worse which is something Carl Knicks and Lawrence Tynes of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are sadly being made aware of.

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.

Topics: Carl Nicks, Grant Hill, Lawrence Tynes, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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  • Karen Melanson Hartman

    It’s very important to aggressively treat MRSA, my sons football team members contracted it & unbeknownst to me it entered my bloodstream .. Long story short , 4 years in a wheelchair & THR needed , 6 weeks in the hospital and a course of Vancomycin saved my life ,, but it nearly killed me ,, the team & my son also had to

  • Karen Melanson Hartman

    Cont . Have treatment , but they just had a topical infection

  • Karen Melanson Hartman

    Glad to hear they are doing well , best wishes for a speedy recovery

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