The New England Patriots recently had their training facility treated to erase any potential existence of MRSA, a serious staph infection that also threatened the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier this month, a league source told ESPN.
The Patriots hosted the Buccaneers two weeks ago for joint training camp practices and scrimmages. After the Buccaneers returned to Tampa and the news surfaced that two of their players had MRSA infections, the Patriots had the visiting locker room at Gillette Stadium professionally sanitized, according to the source.
The Patriots also had the equipment that the Buccaneers used during their practices with New England sanitized, according to the source.
MRSA is a powerful bacteria resistant to penicillin-type treatment.
New England did not encounter any potential MRSA cases with any players in its organization. But the Patriots wanted to do everything possible to make sure no remnants of MRSA remained.
The Buccaneers practiced at the Patriots' training facility in mid-August before the teams played a preseason game Aug. 16.
Buccaneers kicker Lawrence Tynes recently underwent surgery on a toe that had been diagnosed with a MRSA infection. Tynes' wife took to Twitter on Wednesday to refute the Bucs' assertion that her husband was "responding well" to treatment.