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Report: NFLPA could advise Buccaneers and Eagles not to play after MRSA outbreak

Johnthan Banks is the third Buccaneers player to contract the MRSA virus. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images) Johnthan Banks is the third Buccaneers player to contract the MRSA virus. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

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.

Tampa Bay guard Carl Nicks had a recurrence of the MRSA staph infection on Thursday, and the highly contagious bacteria has already cost kicker Lawrence Tynes the entire season.

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On Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported rookie cornerback Johnthan Banks has contracted the infection.

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.

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