Bucs’ Johnthan Banks will play with MRSA infection, Carl Nicks won’t

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

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been struggling with an MRSA infection in their club house. They lost kicked Lawrence Tynes to the infection before the season and guard Carl Nicks has been struggling with the injury since then. Cornerback Johnthan Banks was diagnosed with the infection last week, becoming the third player on the team to be infected.

Despite being infected Banks will play today, Nicks on the other hand won’t play today.

According to ESPN, Banks “s not a risk to transmit the severe staph infection to other players and has been cleared to play Sunday, the league announced Saturday night.”

The NFL said in a statement that it worked with the player’s association and a ”jointly retained specialist has met with the team, supervised the inspection of the facilities, conducted medical examinations and agrees with the team medical staff that Mr. Banks does not pose a risk of transmission to other players.”

Ultimately, the specialist determined that the strain came from outside the facility,  not within.

The specialist also met with the Bucs’ opponents on Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles.

Topics: Carl Nicks, Johnthan Banks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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