Should Philadelphia Eagles Even Travel With MRSA Outbreak In Tampa Bay?

By Ryan Wenzell
Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

There is another MRSA outbreak going on in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization and it presents a problem both for the Bucs and the visiting team, the Philadelphia Eagles.

There is talk of postponing the game, which would be pretty unprecedented in the NFL. It may however be necessary. MRSA is a disease that is spread by contact and the Buccaneers are planning to play cornerback Jonathan Banks despite him carrying the infection.

While I don’t think this will ultimately happen, I wonder if it is even safe or wise for the Eagles to travel on Sunday in a contagious, less-than-safe. Hopefully, safety experts in the Florida region are doing their job to contain the infectious areas and it doesn’t become too much of a distraction on Sunday.

Players have enough to worry about from learning a game plan to focusing on the task at hand, and don’t need to worry about contracting a flesh-eating disease on a football field.

While the thought of cancelling a football game seemed preposterous to me at first, the league needs to heavily consider it if it is in the best interest of the players and teams. It is something the Bucs have been dealing with since training camp and it hasn’t gone way well into October, which tells me it is far more serious than first let on by the team or the league.

Hopefully we will be focusing on a good football game come Sunday rather than a sickness, for the sake of everyone involved.

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