Lawrence Tynes suing Bucs over MRSA infection

Placekicker Lawrence Tynes alleges that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are at fault for misdiagnosing a MRSA infection that forced him into retirement from the NFL.

Reports started circulating on Tuesday morning that former Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes was suing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers over damages incurred when he contracted a Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureas infection in 2013.

According to multiple reports, the MRSA infection is said to be responsible for ending Tynes’s career. The kicker hasn’t played in an NFL game since the Giants let him go following the 2012 campaign.

Tynes’s last season with the Giants was in 2012 when he connected on 33 of 39 field goal attempts and scored a career-high 145 points. New York opted to go in a different direction in 2013, but Tynes found himself in Buccaneers camp competing for a kicking job the following summer.

It was at Tampa Bay’s facility where Tynes alleges that he developed the infection. Unsanitary conditions at the camp caused Tynes to experience unusual symptoms following a routine surgery on his toe. Fellow former Buccaneers Carl Nicks and Jonathan Banks were also affected by MRSA. While Banks has been able to continue his career after being infected, Nicks and Tynes have not.

The reason is the foot pain that Tynes says he still experiences every day. That’s a big problem when your livelihood depends on having to strike a football as hard as an NFL kicker does.

Tynes first knew something was wrong when he felt sick three days following the toe surgery. Normally when he goes through the procedure, Tynes is able to return to practice after two days, but the MRSA infection forced Tampa Bay to put him on the non-football injury list. That allowed Tynes to earn his salary for 2013, but he could have earned more in future years if the infection had not cut his career short.

That’s why Tynes is looking for $20 million in his suit against the Buccaneers. It’s unlikely that he’d be able to earn that much in his career given that Tynes turned 35 years old in 2013, but there’s always hope for a settlement. The use of the non-football injury list by the Buccaneers implies that they don’t think that Tynes contracted the infection at a team facility, but the lawsuit asserts that unsanitary conditions caused the MRSA to spread.

Tynes kicked for the Giants for six years from 2007 to 2012 and earned two Super Bowl rings with the team. He is third in franchise history with 122 field goals made during his Giants career.


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Reports started circulating on Tuesday morning that former Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes was suing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers over damages incurred when he contracted a Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureas infection in 2013.

According to multiple reports, the MRSA infection is said to be responsible for ending Tynes’s career. The kicker hasn’t played in an NFL game since the Giants let him go following the 2012 campaign.

Tynes’s last season with the Giants was in 2012 when he connected on 33 of 39 field goal attempts and scored a career-high 145 points. New York opted to go in a different direction in 2013, but Tynes found himself in Buccaneers camp competing for a kicking job the following summer.

It was at Tampa Bay’s facility where Tynes alleges that he developed the infection. Unsanitary conditions at the camp caused Tynes to experience unusual symptoms following a routine surgery on his toe. Fellow former Buccaneers Carl Nicks and Jonathan Banks were also affected by MRSA. While Banks has been able to continue his career after being infected, Nicks and Tynes have not.

The reason is the foot pain that Tynes says he still experiences every day. That’s a big problem when your livelihood depends on having to strike a football as hard as an NFL kicker does.

Tynes first knew something was wrong when he felt sick three days following the toe surgery. Normally when he goes through the procedure, Tynes is able to return to practice after two days, but the MRSA infection forced Tampa Bay to put him on the non-football injury list. That allowed Tynes to earn his salary for 2013, but he could have earned more in future years if the infection had not cut his career short.

That’s why Tynes is looking for $20 million in his suit against the Buccaneers. It’s unlikely that he’d be able to earn that much in his career given that Tynes turned 35 years old in 2013, but there’s always hope for a settlement. The use of the non-football injury list by the Buccaneers implies that they don’t think that Tynes contracted the infection at a team facility, but the lawsuit asserts that unsanitary conditions caused the MRSA to spread.

Tynes kicked for the Giants for six years from 2007 to 2012 and earned two Super Bowl rings with the team. He is third in franchise history with 122 field goals made during his Giants career.

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