The recent MRSA outbreak in the Buccaneers' locker room could put Sunday's game against the Eagles in doubt, according to a tweet by ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Depending on the results of a MRSA containment report, the NFLPA could advise the teams not to play, the organization told ESPN's Trey Wingo.
On Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported rookie cornerback Johnthan Banks has contracted the infection.
Source: #Bucs CB Johnthan Banks is the latest Tampa Bay player to have contracted MRSA.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 11, 2013
The second-round pick out of Mississippi State, who won the Thorpe Award (given to the nation's top defensive back), has impressed in his first four professional games, with nine tackles and two pass deflections and his first career interception two weeks ago against the Cardinals.
The latest outbreak could put the game at risk. NFL.com's Albert Breer reports that it's unlikely the NFLPA would ask for any scheduling changes - with the latest remaining variable being the medical report on the outbreak.
NFLPA tells @wingoz that, depending on what MRSA containment report says, the NFLPA could advise Bucs-Eagles not to play this weekend. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 11, 2013