Falcons brought in Hazmat crew to clean Bucs locker room amid MRSA scare

Eric Edholm
October 21, 2013

After the Atlanta Falcons wiped the floor with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, they quite literally swabbed the decks afterwards.

MRSA, a staph infection, is serious business. And with the Buccaneers' recent outbreak, which includes documented cases with three of their players, the Falcons were not about to take any chances.

The team reportedly brought in a Hazmat crew and sterilized the visiting team's locker room to ensure that no possible traces of MRSA remained, according to an Atlanta Fox 5 report.

The three Bucs players with documented cases are kicker Lawrence Tynes, who is on the non-football injury list and who has had a dispute with the team over the issue; offensive guard Carl Nicks, who was inactive Sunday; and rookie cornerback Johnthan Banks, who played in the Bucs-Falcons game.

Perhaps this effort is foreshadowing the possible housecleaning the organization will do after the season, which has started out with an 0-6 record.

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Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter!