Buccaneers' MRSA case under scrutiny

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    Arizona Cardinals cornerback Jerraud Powers (25) tackles Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (22) during the second half of the game at Raymond James Stadium. Arizona defeated Tampa Bay 13-10. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports
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    (USA TODAY) -- League and union officials were in Tampa Bay on Thursday to discuss the handling of MRSA and other infectious diseases, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

    And there may have been more than one type of infectious disease present in the the Bucs' locker room, according to the person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the team had not yet released the information.

    The Buccaneers are scheduled to hold a 1:45 p.m. ET news conference to discuss the incident.

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    On Thursday, the team GM Mark Dominik acknowledged that guard Carl Nicks' MRSA infection had returned to his left foot. Nicks and a teammate, place-kicker Lawrence Tynes, were diagnosed with MRSA - a staph infection that is resistant to some antibiotics - in August during combined practices with the New England Patriots.

    On Friday, the team website reported that a third Buccaneers player had been diagnosed with a MRSA infection and that Duke Infection Control Outreach Network co-director Dr. Deverick J. Anderson met with the team and staff.

    Nicks, 28, had an infected blister on the side of the foot. At one point, the infection spread to one of Nicks' arms, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak on the matter.

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    But Nicks responded well enough to treatment to return to the Bucs' lineup in Week 3 and started the past two games before popping up on the injury report Wednesday.

    The Bucs had their facility sanitized twice after the initial outbreak in hopes of preventing the infection from spreading to other players.

    An NFL physicians survey determined there were 33 MRSA staph infections league-wide from 2006 to '08 - 11 a season among the 32 teams. The St. Louis Rams, Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins and San Francisco 49ers are among the teams with documented cases.

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