Eagles-Bucs Unlikely To Be Postponed

The expectation is that Sunday’s game between the Eagles and Bucs will be played as scheduled despite concerns about a staph infection outbreak.

A third member of the Buccaneers has been diagnosed with an MSRA infection, the team announced Friday. NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reports that it’s cornerback Johnthan Banks.

Guard Carl Nicks had surgery on his big toe during the preseason after coming down with the infection and has since been diagnosed with a recurrence. Kicker Lawrence Tynes has also been dealing with medical issues as a result of the staph infection.

There are no immediate plans to cancel Sunday’s game in Tampa, however.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told Birds 24/7:  “We are not planning anything that will affect the game.

“Our office, the NFLPA, and appropriate medical specialists are working with the Bucs’ medical staff to aggressively address the matter.”

A spokesman for the Eagles said that, after speaking with the league, they are moving forward as planned. They have an afternoon flight to Tampa Saturday , and have not been told to deviate from their normal routine in any way.

Members of the NFL Players Association were holding a conference call on the matter at around 3 p.m. Friday.

Here is what George Atallah, Assistant Executive Director of External Affairs at the NFLPA, told us during a telephone conversation this afternoon:

“We were sufficiently concerned over the last few months with the situation in Tampa that we asked for individual infectious disease experts to come into the facility and review the protocol the Bucs had, and help with the cleaning treatment efforts in Tampa. Outside experts came in yesterday as well to look at the issue with Nicks, making sure players are treated and safe.

“We have a report coming from outside experts at some point in the next few hours to ensure no player that is infected will play on Sunday. Those tests will be conducted through the weekend, and we will be in constant communication with the player reps to provide status updates as we get them.”

DeMeco Ryans is the Eagles’ player rep.

Asked if it is possible that the game could be cancelled, Atallah said: “It is hard for us to rule anything out but it would be irresponsible for us to be speculative.”

A member of the NFLPA told ESPN’s Trey Wingo that, depending on what MRSA containment report says, the NFLPA could advise Bucs-Eagles not to play this weekend.

But at this point, the anticipation is that the game will be played.

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  • G_WallyHunter

    Very interesting

    I would rather not see Cox, McCoy, Desean, Peters, Ryans, Kendricks, Boykin, Henery go down with a staph infection.

    They should switch the game to the Linc right now

    • Kevin

      I agree. This is not something you want to fool with, considering it has been an ongoing problem for the Tampa and supposedly they have already ‘cleaned’ the facility once.

      As long as they don’t make it a Tuesday night game.

      • G_WallyHunter

        Really tho, wtf is going on with the league. This is something you’d think they would deal with right away and keep things transparent. Doesn’t look that way, they’re pushing to play anyway, that just doesn’t seem right. Not NFL- or Roger Gooddell-like

        • Justin

          The NFL only cares about player health and safety when it comes to concussions.

          • jabostick

            Correction: when it comes to *lawsuits*

          • G_WallyHunter

            Exactemon, lol they care about the concussions AFTER they’re slapped with a lawsuit that they have to SETTLE for $765M….

            Should eagles players be filing a MRSA lawsuit right now? Would that get Gooddell’s attention?

            PROFIT PROFIT PROFIT!!!!
            All they care about

    • evanphilly

      Shouldn’t be switched to the Linc, but since there is going to be about 7000 fans for the game, I am sure they can find a Community College field to play at

  • Kevin

    Any truth to the rumor that the Bucs are changing their name to the MRSA-naries?

    • nicky pizzas

      yessssssssss, hahaha

  • Justin


  • Vick Must Go

    Best solution with respect to fairness to the Bucs: Transfer the game to a neutral site field close to Tampa and push the game to a night game. The Jacksonville Jaguars are in Denver this week… so maybe there. I think Orlando has a pretty stellar field as well… though I’m not positive.

    South Florida is playing at Conneticut…
    Florida is at LSU
    Florida State and Miami are both off this week.
    Miami Dolphins are off this week.

    • Justin

      Orlando resident myself, they could probably kick it to the Citrus Bowl just outside of downtown. Don’t think they have any events planned there for a couple weeks.

    • G_WallyHunter

      plenty of options haha, but no, it stays in the MRSA ridden stadium

  • nicksaenz1

    Could Tropicana field be used? Don’t know anything about the place, but that’s my first thought instead of moving it to a neutral field outside of Tampa.

  • TNA

    Interesting contrast between diseased Bucs players and Eagles players who go through probably the highest level of physical monitoring in the league with daily blood tests and whatnot.
    My guess is that this game is moved to another site or postponed. Even if the chances are slim, if an Eagle gets infected and had to get miss games/season/career, the NFL will have a huge lawsuit on its hands.

  • TheGhostofNormVanBrocklin

    There’s been precedent for moving an NFL game before. The Saints traveling roadshow post-Katrina. The Chargers I believe had to move a Monday night game a few years back because of severe forest fires in the area. Didn’t Minnesota have to move at least one game to Chicago when their dome collapsed? I’m betting now you aren’t hearing anything from the NFL yet because they are in the process of moving this game to one of several usable stadiums in the state of Florida.

  • cheapmeat

    Here’s a nice little tidbit: MRSA has been killing more people than AIDS since 2007. It also happens to spread through ‘physical contact with an infected person or object.’

    Remember when AIDS got big and everyone said ‘don’t worry, its not like you can get it from a toilet seat.’ You can get MRSA from a toilet seat.

    High five NFL…

  • Soybot

    I’m sitting here in the airport reading this. Heading to Tampa for the game. If they postpone the game, I might just cry.

  • Loke1988

    WHen I lived outside of Tampa my cheating whore neighbor had a bought with MRSA. Can’t help but wonder if she had something to do with this. Same beatch almost killed me pulling out in front of my motorcycle. Didn’t even look.