Buccaneers guard Carl Nicks sees return of infection

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The MRSA infection of Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Carl Nicks has returned. General manager Mark Dominik told reporters on Thursday of the return of the infection in Nicks’ foot.

“This is a recurrence for Carl Nicks of the MRSA – same place, same location,” Dominik said. “From everything we’ve been told and understand, this does happen, which is why MRSA is a bacteria that is hard to treat.

“Talking to the infectious disease specialist who’s been treating Carl and working with us, with other professionals, he also confirmed he believes strongly this is the same infection he’s dealing with.”

Nicks and teammate Lawrence Tynes were diagnosed with MRSA in August during practice sessions with the New England Patriots.


Nicks responded well enough to treatment to return to the Bucs’ lineup in Week 3 and started the past two games before popping up on the injury report Wednesday.

Best practices for preventing MRSA outbreaks include washing hands and having good personal hygiene. Due to the number of people that use them, locker rooms are a breeding ground for diseases such as MRSA.