MRSA, a bacteria that cannot be treated by antibiotics, is no joke and should not be treated that way by the NFL.
Before the Philadelphia Eagles board their plane for a two-hour flight to Tampa, the NFL should tell the Birds to stay right where they are and send the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to Tampa International Airport.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported today that MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus), the staph infection that has now reportedly affected three members of the Bucs, could be a reason for the NFLPA to advise that the game be postponed.
NFLPA tells @wingoz that, depending on what MRSA containment report says, the NFLPA could advise Bucs-Eagles not to play this weekend.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 11, 2013
There’s an easier solution for that, and it’s to leave the sick guys in Tampa to be treated by the best doctors available and play the game in Philadelphia.
The Bucs’ Carl Nicks was diagnosed with MRSA. He returned to practice in September, but has reportedly had the infection resurface. A report from Schefter earlier on Friday suggested that 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 medical staff to aggressively address the matter.” 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.”
They should not have to wait for the report, rather the game should be played at Lincoln Financial Field. When it comes to matters of health, it is better to be safe than sorry.