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Bucs will play Sunday despite new MRSA infection

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One Buc Place (file image) One Buc Place (file image)
TAMPA (FOX 13) -

It's the last thing the struggling Bucs Need.

Another case of MRSA.

This time, NFL sources report Johnthan Banks is the player infected with it.

"We had a player actually come to our doctors and had a concern quiet frankly it's really smart by them," said Bucs GM Mark Dominik.

It's the third case this season.

Back in August kicker Lawrence Tynes came down with it. His wife took to Twitter afterwards railing the team for how they handled it.

Carl Nicks also got MRSA. He played in two games this season, but on Thursday, it was reported his case came back, which is not uncommon.

The new infections prompted the team to fly in infectious disease control experts.

"We don't know about the third one yet. Still need additional information about the specific MRSA we're dealing with, but we can definitively say the first two cases are not related to each other," said Dr. Deverick Anderson, co-director of the Duke Infection Control Outreach Network.

After the initial outbreak, One Buc Place was scrubbed down and new safety measures were put in place.

They're adding additional measures as well.

Still, officials say the facility is safe for players and staff.

"The fact that a case of two or three cases occurred does not necessarily mean this is a higher risk than any other risk than anywhere else in the country," said Dr. Anderson.

MRSA is a staph infection that cane be tough to fight because it resists most common antibiotics.

Fox 13's Dr. Joette Giovinco said it's common to come into contact with it.

"Lots of us could be carrying MRSA bacteria on our skin or in our nose, but until we get a cut or abrasion that can affect that wound you wont have any symptoms," said Dr. Jo.

Despite the outbreaks, Sunday's game against the Eagles will go on as scheduled.

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