After the third player for the NFL team Tampa Bay Buccaneers has been diagnosed with the infection MRSA, the NFLPA may advise the Buccaneers and the Philadelphia Eagles not to play Sunday's game. The advisement to cancel the game is dependent upon a containment report they are waiting on today. The Buccaneers and Eagles game has not been postponed as of yet, but there's a chance this may happen, according to Forbes on Oct. 11.
This Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, called MRSA, is a serious infection, as it is resistant to antibiotics. While the third player’s name, who diagnosed with MRSA, has not been released, the first two player’s names are known. Kicker Lawrence Tynes and guard Carl Nicks of the Buccaneers were the first two on the team to be handed this diagnosis.
MRSA can be passed through open wounds, which is not something unheard of in the contact sport of football. An outside expert has been brought in by the Buccaneers to address the situation. The NFL is waiting for the report from this expert before proceeding with any recommendation to cancel the game on Sunday.
The NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith released a statement saying they will “reach out to the Philadelphia Eagles player representatives and provide them with our best medical guidance and regular updates from the outside experts.”
If the latest containment report does suggest a high probability of MRSA spreading during the NFL Sunday game, they’ll make their recommendations to the teams involved at that time. As of Saturday morning, there’s still no word on Sunday’s game getting canceled between the Buccaneers and the Eagles.