The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been dealing with staph infections since the offseason, most notably with guard Carl Nicks and kicker Lawrence Tynes. On Thursday, Rick Stroud of theTampa Bay Times reported that guard Davin Joseph had a non-MRSA staph infection. The Bucs initially said that he never had MRSA. However, Joseph himself confirmed that he had a non-MRSA Staph infection.
“I have never had MRSA, nor do I currently have MRSA,” Joseph told PewterReport.com. “I just am ready to focus on football right now. I have had a staph infection in the past but it is nothing I am dealing with today.”
I’m not a doctor and can’t really tell you the difference between those two. I’m assuming it is easier to treat a normal staph infection, since MRSA is an infection that doesn’t respond well to standard antibiotics.
That makes this the fourth known staph infection in the Bucs locker room, they could have a hard time recruiting free agents this summer. It has to make the team’s front office panic a little bit.