NFL announces it will not postpone Eagles-Buccaneers over MRSA scare

It was suggested Friday that the NFL might consider postponing the Buccaneers' home game against the Eagles, or the union advise the players not to play, because of another instance of the staph infection MRSA on Tampa Bay's team.

As of Saturday morning, there weren't any indications that the game would be postponed, even though Buccaneers offensive guard Carl Nicks had a recurrence of MRSA and cornerback Johnthan Banks was diagnosed with it this week as well. Kicker Lawrence Tynes also got the infection this summer.

The Philadelphia Daily News said the NFL, which is the only entity that can postpone a game, has no plans to do so.

The NFLPA could theoretically tell the players not to play, but's Ian Rapoport indicated that won't happen either.

UPDATE: The NFL and NFLPA made it official that the game wouldn't be postponed through a statement, via the Philadelphia Inquirer:

"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 [cornerback 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."

Even if Sunday's game isn't affected, the Buccaneers have a significant problem. The infection, which is a powerful bacteria that is resistant to some penicillin treatments, came back despite the team sanitizing the facility in August. It will be hard to convince the players there's nothing to worry about for the rest of the season.

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