Former kicker sues team for $20 million

Former Buccaneers kicker Lawrence Tynes is suing the Buccaneers for the MRSA infection that plagued the team in 2013. Tynes was signed with the team after kicker Connor Barth (#10) tore his Achilles tendon during the offseason. However, Tynes never actually kicked for the team. He contracted the MRSA infection and wound up on the team’s non-football injured reserve. ┬áHe was still paid his $840,000 salary for that year.

Tynes’ lawsuit is alleging the team mishandled the infection by failing to disclose that there was an outbreak in the team’s facilities, that it actively concealed the outbreak and failed to keep equipment sterilized. He is seeking $20 million of lost earnings due to the career-ending infection.

Guard Carl Nicks and cornerback Johnthan Banks (#27) also contracted MRSA. However, the strain Nicks contracted was different than the one found in Tynes’ toe.

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