- The Washington Times - Monday, October 21, 2013

A hazardous materials crew swarmed the Georgia Dome after the Falcons’ 31-23 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday in an attempt to rid the facility of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

There have been three confirmed cases of MRSA among the Bucs.

Rookie cornerback Johnthan Banks was cleared to play in last week’s game after it was confirmed he had MRSA, Fox 13 reported.

Guard Carl Nicks also was infected with MRSA earlier in the season, and it was confirmed his symptoms reappeared.

Tampa Bay kicker Lawrence Tynes is also infected and has filed an injury grievance report with the team, Fox 13 said.

MRSA is caused by a strain of staph bacteria that’s become resistant to the antibiotics commonly used to treat ordinary staph infections. Symptoms generally start as small red bumps that can quickly turn into deep, painful abscesses that require surgery.