Report: Eagles Bucs Game Could Be Postponed Due To MRSA Infections
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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The NFLPA could advise that the Eagles and Bucs postpone their game Sunday pending an MRSA containment report, according to a report.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that that MRSA, the staph infection that has now reportedly affected three members of the Tampa Bay Bucs, could be a reason for the NFLPA to advise that the game be postponed.
The Bucs’ Carl Nicks was diagnosed with MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), returned to practice in September, but has reportedly had the infection resurface. A report from Schefter earlier on Friday suggested that two more Bucs players, Lawrence Tynes and a third player were also diagnosed.
The NFL released the following statement:
Our office, the NFLPA, and appropriate medical specialists are working with the [Tampa Bay Bucs] medical staff to aggressively address the matter.
NFLPA representative George Atallah tweeted the following response:
All of our focus at this time is to work with the players, the club and the NFL to best contain, eliminate and treat MRSA.—
George Atallah (@GeorgeAtallah) October 11, 2013
Mike Garofolo, of Fox Sports, tells 94WIP’s Anthony Gargano and Glen Macnow that the chances of postponement are “very slim.”
According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network [via Twitter}, “As it stands now, the NFL is working with the Bucs and union on MRSA, but is not planning anything that would affect the Bucs-Eagles game. The NFLPA will wait for the DICON report before making a decision on how to advise everyone move forward in the MRSA case. Asked if union could advise postponing Bucs/Eagles, sources say unlikely. Report would have to be bad. Either way, it’s a [medical] decision. Bottom line: Neither league nor union anticipates having to move Bucs-Eagles game, with DICON report being variable here.”