A fight appears to be churning between an NFL kicker and his team, after he contracted the infection MRSA, which could end this Buccaneer kicker’s career. Lawrence Tynes intends on filing a grievance with the NFL after contracting MRSA and after his team placed him on the NFL’s non-football injury (NFI) list, according to International Business Times on Sept. 3, 2013.
Tynes tested positive for MRSA as did one of the other Buccaneers players. Tyne’s big toe on his kicking foot started to bother him about four to five days after being treated for an ingrown toenail. The Buccaneers are saying that Tynes has no way of proving that he picked up MRSA at the team’s facilities, so they placed him on the NFI list.
By putting Tynes on the NFI list he’s no longer available for added benefits and he won’t accrue time toward the pension plan offered by the league. He will still get his $840,000 salary this season, but that’s about it.
The Bucs had the team’s facilities cleaned, or actually “scrubbed” a few times since finding out about the two MRSA infections. While it may be hard for anyone to prove where they picked up an infection, the fact that another team player is also battling MRSA, it stands to reason the two men got it at the same place.
Both men having one place in common, its deductive reasoning that this would point to the Bucs' facility as the place they contracted the MRSA, but there's no specific proof of this. Now that the facility has been scrubbed it would probably be worthless to swab the facility to test for the bacteria now.
Amanda Tynes, the kicker's wife, has taken to Twitter to state their case and she is furious that the team would put her husband on the NFI list after getting this MRSA infection. She tweeted a picture of her husband hooked up to an intervienous bag most, likely filled with heavy duty antibiotics, which is the usual treatment for MRSA. She also told the media that her husband is not responding well to the treatment for MRSA.