Sunday, May 20, 2018
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Bucs kicker Tynes returns home to treat MRSA

Bucs K Lawrence Tynes 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 Giants teammate, RB Brandon Jacobs, tweeted Monday that the 35-year-old kicker had received a PICC line — a peripherally inserted central catheter used when a patient is expected to get antibiotics for more than a few days.

A PICC line can remain in place for weeks or months, in some cases, and lets a patient 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 at the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, said the antibiotic therapy could last more than a month. Holt is not treating Tynes.

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 he will not be paid, count against the salary cap or roster limit. When Tynes has recovered, they can activate him or release him.

roster at 75: CB Anthony Gaitor tore an ACL and RB Michael Smith tore a tendon in his foot in Saturday's 17-16 win over the Dolphins. Both were put on injured reserve as the Bucs reached the league-mandated 75-man roster limit. The Bucs also waived WR Carlton Mitchell, DE Ernest Owusu, QB Adam Weber and DE Markus White. The team also released WR Derek Hagan, FB Spencer Larsen and S Troy Nolan, and signed TE Mike Shanahan, who spent time in training camp with the Jets.

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