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Lawrence Tynes' wife refutes Bucs

Lawrence Tynes' wife took to Twitter on Wednesday to publicly refute the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' claim that her husband is "responding well" to treatment for MRSA, a serious staph infection that sidelined the veteran kicker earlier this month.

The Buccaneers acknowledged last week that they treated their facility last week to prevent an MRSA outbreak after Tynes and Pro Bowl guard Carl Nicks contracted the infection.

Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano said Tuesday that both players "are responding well" to treatment. Amanda Tynes posted a response on her Twitter account and posted a photo of her husband:

Several hours after her initial tweet, Tynes' wife posted a follow-up message:

Tynes underwent surgery last week to repair his infected toe. The Bucs signed kicker Rian Lindell on the same day Tynes had his surgery, in which the infection was scraped from his toe and his toe bone.

Tynes sought a second opinion after what originally was identified as an ingrown toenail failed to heal and became infected. Doctors at the New York Hospital for Special Surgery confirmed a diagnosis of MRSA.

Tynes has not participated in training camp.

The New England Patriots, who hosted the Buccaneers earlier this month for joint practices and scrimmages, also have treated their facility for MRSA, a league source told ESPN on Wednesday.

Information from ESPN's Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter was used in this report.