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3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers players diagnosed with MRSA

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3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers players diagnosed with MRSA

By Megan Telles. CREATED Oct 14, 2013

Tampa Bay (KTNV) -- A major health scare in the ranks of the NFL after a third player with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has been diagnosed with MRSA.

The dangerous staph infection can be fatal.

After a tough loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are facing a tougher opponent in the battle against MRSA, an antibiotic-resistant infection.

The infection is stalking the team's locker room, tackling three of the team's players including offensive guard Carl Nicks and placekicker Lawrence Tynes, knocking them both out of Sunday's game.

But the latest player to be infected, rookie cornerback Jonathan Banks, suited up and hit the field. Doctors said he's not at risk of spreading the staph infection.

Football players are especially susceptible to the infection.

A Texas study from 2006 found the rate among football players is 16 times higher than the national average.

Over the past decade, 32 teams have been hit by the bacteria.

MRSA often invades the body through an open cut or wound. It can spread and infect vital organs, leading to toxic shock and flesh-eating pneumonia.

Megan Telles

Megan Telles

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Megan Telles is co-host of Valley View Live! and the Social TV journalist for Action News.