NFLPA files grievance with Bucs about Tynes' infection
DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, said Tuesday that his union has filed a grievance with the Bucs relating to kicker Lawrence Tynes, who was sidelined for the season after a MRSA infection in August.
Smith said the grievance addresses "significant concerns about the manner in which that player and perhaps other players' safety was handled by the team." Tynes was not placed on injured reserve, but rather the league's non-football injury list, but the Bucs are paying his salary for this season as if he were on injured reserve. Smith said the grievance process has just started, but his goal is to assure proper treatment for other players should this situation happen again.
"We will look forward to working with the league to try to figure out what the facts are and most importantly take steps that they and every team are protecting our players," he said.
Tynes and guard Carl Nicks were diagnosed with MRSA infections in August, though Nicks was able to return healthy and play in each of the team's last two games.