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Tampa, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Friday that a third player has been diagnosed with a methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection.

Duke Infection Control Outreach Network (DICON) Co-Director Dr. Deverick J. Anderson, recognized as the country's leading authority on infections disease control, addressed the team and Buccaneers staff earlier on Friday.

The news comes one day after the team confirmed that guard Carl Nicks has had a recurrence of an MRSA staph infection in his left foot, an injury that sidelined him for the first two games of this season.

The potent bacteria already has ended the season of kicker Lawrence Tynes.

"Over the past two months the Buccaneers organization has been working with the world-renowned DICON and other infectious disease specialists to treat and educate its players, sanitize its training facility and install new health and safety protocol," the team said in a release Friday.

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