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Lawrence Tynes, NFLPA to declare MRSA war on Bucs?

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09:41 AM ET 09.01 | There's a fight coming between Lawrence Tynes and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and it's going to make his wife Amanda's tweets seem tame. Lawrence Tynes was informed Saturday he'll be placed on the non-football-injury list by the Bucs, which is their way of saying he has no proof the MRSA infection that began in his foot was contracted at their facility. The team has told Tynes it will pay his base salary this season -- but by not putting him on Injured Reserve, it is denying Tynes certain other benefits to which he says he's entitled. The Bucs' move also does nothing to ease the anger Tynes feels over what he believes was a misdiagnosis and mistreatment of his condition. In an exclusive interview with FOX Sports on Saturday, Tynes broke his silence on the matter. He said the NFL Players Association is behind him and is preparing to file an expedited grievance in an attempt to force the Buccaneers to place him on Injured Reserve. "This whole thing is wrong," Tynes said by phone Saturday afternoon. "My biggest emphasis is I don't want this to happen to any current or future player. I'm going to fight this thing as long as I have to, because this team should not be allowed to do this to players. "If I drop a 45-pound plate on my foot while lifting weights in the weight room at the facility, it's IR. So I just don't understand how my situation is any different. I went to work, I kicked, I practiced, I cold-tubbed, I hot-tubbed, I showered for all those days there. I come up with MRSA and it's a non-football injury? They're basically trying to exonerate themselves of this, and I'm not going to allow it to happen."

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September 1, 2013  09:46 AM ET

And?

September 1, 2013  09:46 AM ET

Maybe Rex could have a look at it.

September 1, 2013  09:52 AM ET

"My biggest emphasis is I don't want this to happen to any current or future player".

No it isn't.

September 1, 2013  09:55 AM ET

Have a feeling medical benefits/insurance for former players is going to be huge in the next stoppage of work.

September 1, 2013  09:59 AM ET

Tynes wasn't the only Buc to get MRSA, and the organization has had the training facility sanitized twice in response to the outbreak. Clearly, the Bucs are trying to go cheap on this.

September 1, 2013  09:59 AM ET

Tynes wasn't the only Buc to get MRSA, and the organization has had the training facility sanitized twice in response to the outbreak. Clearly, the Bucs are trying to go cheap on this.

September 1, 2013  10:00 AM ET

When one guy gets it on your team you could argue he did not get it at the facility. But TWO from that team have or had it ( Nicks)...The odds of that happening to two guys out of any 75 are truly astronomical.

The Bucs might be better served to just IR him. Could be cheaper in the long run and certainly better PR. Free agency comes around every winter, help yourself a little.

September 1, 2013  10:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Tynes wasn't the only Buc to get MRSA, and the organization has had the training facility sanitized twice in response to the outbreak. Clearly, the Bucs are trying to go cheap on this.

totally agree and totally stupid on their part.

September 1, 2013  10:19 AM ET

I'd love to know where else Tampa Bay thinks Tynes would have picked up MRSA. At the food store?

Unless Tynes went to a non-team related medical facility, the Buccaneers are 100% liable.

September 1, 2013  10:42 AM ET

Meh, he's a kicker. Cut him.

September 1, 2013  10:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

When one guy gets it on your team you could argue he did not get it at the facility. But TWO from that team have or had it ( Nicks)...The odds of that happening to two guys out of any 75 are truly astronomical.The Bucs might be better served to just IR him. Could be cheaper in the long run and certainly better PR. Free agency comes around every winter, help yourself a little.

This^^

September 1, 2013  10:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Tynes wasn't the only Buc to get MRSA, and the organization has had the training facility sanitized twice in response to the outbreak. Clearly, the Bucs are trying to go cheap on this.

DA BEARS!!

September 1, 2013  10:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

DA BEARS!!

HAIL TO THE REDSKINS!!!

September 1, 2013  11:00 AM ET

So?

September 1, 2013  11:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

The Bucs might be better served to just IR him.

Really. The dollar difference, even if they win the dispute, isn't very large.

September 1, 2013  11:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Maybe Rex could have a look at it.

Week One - Bucs at Jets.

Maybe that should be "weak one."

September 1, 2013  01:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Tynes wasn't the only Buc to get MRSA, and the organization has had the training facility sanitized twice in response to the outbreak. Clearly, the Bucs are trying to go cheap on this.

Bingo. Cheap organization trying to duck responsibility. The Browns had the same issue a couple years ago.

September 1, 2013  01:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

"My biggest emphasis is I don't want this to happen to any current or future player".No it isn't.

After the horse whipping they took during the last negotiations, they better get different representation next time.

September 1, 2013  01:17 PM ET

This is obviously a coverup by the Bucs to save a couple dollars.

Malcolm Glazer is channeling his inner Mike Brown.

 
September 1, 2013  05:04 PM ET

Kickers and punters are starting to be more trouble than they're worth.

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