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NFLPA mulling MRSA lawsuits because of Bucs mess

The NFLPA is planning to file a grievance and could explore legal action as well, regarding injured Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Lawrence Tynes, according to union sources. They are exploring whether or not a member of the team's training staff may have been responsible for spreading the virus to players. At this point, there is a formal inquiry as to what took place at the team facility, and how the infections occurred.

Tynes and guard Carl Nicks contracted the MRSA virus -- which can be deadly at its most extreme -- but while the Buccaneers placed Nicks on their injured list, allowing him full benefits and pension credits, and he is expected back in the short term, Tynes remains in bad condition and is on the non-football injury list, which precludes him from receiving credits toward an accrued season while he battles the illness.

According to sources, the Bucs are contending in their medical report that the players contracted two difference strains of virus and that Tynes' may not have come from the team facility. Union sources believe a team employee -- possibly a member of the training staff -- is the initial patient who introduced the virus to the Bucs' facility, but that is not indicated in the medical report on file. Tynes has remained in Kansas City, and required a PICC line to his heart. His wife took to Twitter to directly contradict the assertion by Tampa coach Greg Schiano that the infected players were generally doing well and coming along.

While Nicks is a key player for Tampa, Tynes is more of a spare part, and the NFLPA has opened up an inquiry into what took place and is pursuing an injury grievance against the team. That is the first option available to those parties through the collective bargaining agreement, but sources said the NFLPA is looking into options through the legal system as well.

Nicks was ruled out for Sunday's game with his foot still recovering from the infection, though he is getting closer to being ready to play. Tynes' career appears to be in jeopardy.

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