The NFL and the NFLPA issued a joint statement on Saturday evening concerning the latest MRSA outbreak at One Buc Place. The league and players union have confirmed that Bucs rookie cornerback Johnthan Banks is the latest player to be diagnosed with the staph infection.
Banks has been cleared to play in Sunday's game against the Eagles, which can be heard on 620am, 95.3FM and 103.5FM. Coverage on 620 and 95.3FM begins with the Floor and Decor Countdown to Kickoff show at 9am with Tom Krasniqi. Despite reports which suggested that Sunday's Bucs-Eagles game might be in jeopardy, the game will be played tomorrow.
No word yet on the status of guard Carl Nicks, who has been diagnosed with MRSA for a second time. This statement reads:
“The NFL and NFLPA have worked together in response to the MRSA matter in Tampa Bay. The 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. The specialist also met with team officials from the Eagles. All players have been advised of the process and we will continue to work together to jointly monitor the situation.”
PROGRAM ALERT: NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith is scheduled to join TKras at 10am on Sunday morning to talk more about the MRSA situation. Listen to it on 620am WDAE and 95.3FM. You can also listen to it live online at 620wdae.com/listen.