The league and the players’ union have jointly acknowledged the problem of MRSA infections at the Buccaneers’ facilities and vowed to work together to deal with it.

In a joint statement the NFL and the Players’ Association also acknowledged that Buccaneers cornerback Johnthan Banks is the third Buccaneers player to contract a MRSA infection since training camp.

“The NFL and NFLPA have worked together in response to the MRSA matter in Tampa Bay” the statement said. “The jointly retained specialist has met with the team supervised the inspection of the facilities conducted medical examinations and agrees with the team medical staff that Mr. Banks does not pose a risk of transmission to other players.