With no MRSA risk, Bucs corner Banks cleared to play
TAMPA -- Bucs rookie cornerback Johnthan Banks, diagnosed this week as the team's third player with a MRSA staph infection, has been examined by an outside specialist and cleared to play Sunday against the Eagles, saying he "does not pose a risk of transmission to other players."
Banks, who was listed as "questionable" on the Bucs' injury list Friday with an unspecified illness, has joined guard Carl Nicks and kicker Lawrence Tynes as being diagnosed with MRSA. A joint statement released by the NFL and NFLPA on Saturday night said that Dr. Deverick Anderson of Duke's Infection Control Outreach Network has met with the team, supervised inspection of the Bucs' facilities and conducted examinations.
"(He) agrees with the team medical staff that Mr. Banks does not pose a risk of transmission to other players," the statement reads.
The specialist also met with Eagles officials, according to the statement, and all players have been advised of the process. The NFL and NFLPA will continue to monitor the situation.