TAMPA, Fla. – The NFL and NFLPA released the following statement in regards to Sunday’s Eagles-Bucs game. The two teams will square off at 1 p.m., as originally scheduled.
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. [Johnthan] 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.
The Bucs have had three players contract MRSA. The latest is rookie cornerback Johnthan Banks. The others are Pro Bowl guard Carl Nicks and kicker Lawrence Tynes.
Banks and Nicks are listed as questionable for Sunday’s game. Tynes has been placed on the non-football injury list.