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The Bucs said at the time they did not know where Nicks and Tynes were exposed to MRSA.

Anderson did not plan to recommend a third cleaning of the facility, but that he was working with the team on things players can do themselves to minimize the risk of getting MRSA.

“I can say that I believe it is a safe environment for players and staff,” said Anderson, who toured the complex in August and also observed how the team practices after Nicks and Tynes were diagnosed in August.

The expert said the cases involving Nicks and Tynes do not appear to be related, explaining there are different strains of MRSA.

“We don’t know about the third one yet. We still need additional information about the specific MRSA that we’re dealing with,” Anderson said. “But we can actually definitely say that the first two cases were not related to each other.”

And, the doctor said Nicks and Tynes did not get the infection from one another.

Nicks sat out the preseason and also missed the first two games of the regular season before being told he was “MRSA free.” He started the past two games against New England and Arizona.

Tynes, who helped the New York Giants win a pair of Super Bowls, signed with the Bucs before training camp. He was sidelined by an ingrown toenail on his kicking foot when he was diagnosed as having MRSA.

The Bucs later placed Tynes on the non-football injury list instead of injured reserve. He is being paid his salary, however the players union has filed a grievance on the kicker’s behalf due concerns about how the team handled the infection.


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