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Lawrence Tynes, Kicker, Sues Buccaneers Over MRSA Infection

By    |   Wednesday, 08 Apr 2015 07:40 AM

Former NFL kicker Lawrence Tynes is suing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, charging he lost more than $20 million in "expected future earnings" after contracting an infection during a preseason MRSA epidemic at team training facilities in 2013.

Tynes, who has not played in the league since the infection, claimed in the lawsuit filed Monday in Broward County Circuit Court that the team "failed to disclose and actively concealed ongoing incidents of infection" among other people at the football team's facility, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

The lawsuit alleged the "unsanitary conditions" at Buccaneers' training facilities during the preseason that year was part of the team's negligence. According to the Tampa Bay Tribune, the suit alleged that the team "failed to employ necessary sterile techniques and routinely left therapy devices, equipment and surfaces unclean."

Tynes claimed he had to undergo multiple surgeries to remove infected tissue and endured six weeks of intravenous antibiotic therapy because of the MRSA infection, reported the Tribune.

"Ultimately the infection was eliminated but debilitating and persistent pain remained — permanently ending (Tynes') professional football career," said a statement from Tynes' lawyers.

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, or MRSA, is a type of staph bacteria that is resistant to several antibiotics and can cause skin and other infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC said MTSA can cause severe problems such as bloodstream infections, pneumonia, and surgical site infections.

The Tribune reported that cornerback Johnthan Banks and left guard Carl Nicks came down with the disease as well. The newspaper said Nicks retired last year partially due to MRSA's complications.

Deadspin.com reported that Banks managed to recover from the disease and start 14 games last season.

The Times noted the team has yet to respond to the lawsuit, citing a team policy of not commenting on pending litigation matters. The players' union, the NFLPA, did not comment on the lawsuit either.

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Former NFL kicker Lawrence Tynes is suing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, charging he lost more than $20 million in "expected future earnings" after contracting an infection during a preseason MRSA epidemic at team training facilities in 2013.
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