PK Tynes returns to Kansas City for additional treatment
Bucs place-kicker Lawrence Tynes has returned to his home in Kansas City where he is receiving additional treatment for MRSA, an aggressive staph infection that is resistant to most antibiotics.
Tynes' former teammates with the Giants, running back Brandon Jacobs, tweeted Monday that the 35-year-old kicker had received a PICC line -- a peripherally inserted central catheter which is used when a patient is expected to be given antibiotics for more than just a few days.
A PICC line can remain in place for weeks or months, in some cases, and enables a patient to go home from the hospital and still receive IV medications.
"Praying for my boy Lawrence Tynes. Getting a PICC line run to his heart to fight MRSA,'' Jacobs tweeted.
"Thank you all so much. Lawrence is like a brother to me. He's a great dude and def(initely) a great father, so let's all pray this goes good for his family and friends.''
Dr. Douglas Holt, director of infectious diseases the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, said the antibiotic therapy could last more than a month.
"If an infection is located deep within the body, in a joint or has gotten to a bone or goten around the heart valve, you're talking a six week course of anti-biotic therapy, maybe more,'' said Holt, who is not treating Tynes.
The Bucs revealed last week that Tynes and guard Carl Nicks were being treated for MRSA, which they may have contracted at the team's training facility.
Tynes was not among the players released Monday for the Bucs to reach the NFL-mandated 75-man roster limit. The Bucs have several roster options while he recovers but one seems most likely.
The Bucs could place Tynes on the non-football injury list, which means Tynes will not be paid, count against the salary cap or roster limit. When Tynes has recovered, they can activate him or release him.
Ironically, place-kicker Connor Barth, who tore his Achilles tendon playing in a charity basketball game, was placed on the NFI list.