With the recent MRSA outbreak at One Buccaneer Place, people have begun asking questions about the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. The NFLPA is awaiting the medical report on the situation and could advise to cancel the game, according to Trey Wingo of ESPN. However, that seems exceedingly unlikely.
NFLPA tells @wingoz depending on what MRSA containment report says, the NFLPA could advise Bucs-Eagles not to play this weekend.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 11, 2013
(ed.: changed that tweet to point to the correct Twitter account for Trey Wingo)
The NFLPA can advise, but they can't cancel games. Moreover, this infection does not appear to be serious enough to be a threat to the health of other players.
The Buccaneers held a press conference today with Dr. Deverick J. Anderson of the Duke Infection Control Outreach Network, who stated that the team facilities would not need to be scrubbed down again. Anderson believes the Buccaneers run a safe work environment and that they were essentially unlucky to see three cases of MRSA in the facility.
If that is the case, and there's little reason to not believe the outside expert specializing in this disease, then the risk of playing a game on Sunday should be minimal to non-existent. While the game could be cancelled, it seems exceedingly unlikely that that will happen.
If the game goes ahead, the Bucs and Eagles will kick off at 1:00 PM ET at Raymond James Stadium.