Carl Nicks returns to Tampa Bay Buccaneers after staph infection

The staph infections suffered by two Tampa Bay Buccaneers players has been one of the biggest health and safety issues of the season. The NFL Physicians Society last week called on all 32 teams to be on alert for MRSA around franchise facilities, with a handful of teams reportedly disinfecting their locker rooms.

On Wednesday, one of the victims, guard Carl Nicks, said he is MRSA clear and OK to practice with the team, the Tampa Tribune reported.

Nicks said it was frustrating to be away from the Bucs while he recovered from the infection.

Fox News reported Monday that the other staph victim, kicker Lawrence Tynes, is at odds with the Bucs, who have placed him on the non-injury football list. That designation keeps the team from being at fault for the injury.

Tynes, who is still fighting the disease with antibiotics, contracted MRSA after having an ingrown toenail on his kicking foot lanced by Bucs doctors at one of the team's facilities.

-- Bill Bradley, contributing editor

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