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MRSA and staph infections are not something you fool around with.

Not only does Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Carl Nicks have a staph infection in his toe, kicker Lawrence Tynes does as well. 

Tynes initially had an ingrown toenail and the infection entered through there. The Bucs' facility, One Buc Place, has been sanitized several times since the outbreak, with no new infections beyond Nicks and Tynes. Tynes went to New York for a second opinion, since he worked for the New York Giants for years and is familiar with the doctors in that area. While there he had a PICC line inserted to help with his treatment. 

The Bucs are obviously looking for this story to fade away, as they reported earlier in the week that both Nicks and Tynes were "responding well" to treatment. 

Amanda Tynes, Lawrence Tynes' wife, has a different spin on the story. 

She tweeted a picture of her clearly unhappy husband at their home in Kansas City as he sits hooked up to a PICC line. She wrote, "I hear my husband is responding "well" to treatment.  LOL! He's NOT responding at all yet. This is our #bucslife."

Amanda is clearly displeased with the "everything is OK" line the Bucs are trying to promote, and her "This is our #bucslife" comment is steeped with sarcasm. And the two of them have a right to be displeased: the Bucs signed kicked Rian Lindell the same day Tynes was having surgery. Ouch. Poor taste on the Bucs part. 

Amanda followed up that tweet with this: "Thank you so much for all the well wishes. Lawrence finally has the right people in his corner. Right now he needs to rest and get healthy."

More reading between the lines?

Tynes is best known for the overtime kicks in two NFC title games that propelled the Giants to Super Bowls XLII and XLVI. The Giants signed veteran kicker Josh Brown to a one year contract in March, ending Tynes's six years with the team. 

Reference: Yahoo and New York Daily News

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When injuries like these happen, you know it's going to take a long time for someone to recover. 

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree tore his Achilles tendon during organized team activities on Tuesday.

According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport Crabtree has already had surgery to repair the tendon and will begin six months of rehabilitation. Crabtree could return as early as November.

49ers coach Jim Harbaugh talked with reporters on Wednesday and confirmed that the wide receiver had successful surgery. He does not expect Crabtree to miss the whole season. 

In days past, an injury like this meant the player would be out the entire season, but due to advances in podiatric medicine, recovery from surgery is greatly reduced. Last spring Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Da'Quan Bowers tore their Achilles tendons and rejoined their teams after time recuperating. However, neither player was 100 percent when they returned to the field. 

Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas tore his tendon during training in February 2011, right after his rookie season. Thomas had surgery and was cleared to practice seven months later, after missing all of the Broncos' offseason workouts and training camp. He wasn't fully back until October 2011 and can sympathize with how Crabtree is feeling.

"He's a great player and I'm sure he's going to work hard to get back and listen to all the people that he's got to listen to," Thomas said. "But it's difficult at first, because it took a while for me to be able to do anything. You know, I had to wear a boot for six to eight weeks, and I couldn't do anything but upper body stuff. Once I got it off, I still had time, because it's a serious injury, and you don't want to take it too fast."

Crabtree, 25, had a stellar year for the 49ers last season. He had career highs in reception (85), yards (1,105), and touchdowns (9). In the three seasons past Crabtree had struggled to live up to the expectations the team put on him after drafting him 10th overall in 2009.

Crabtree had a great postseason as well, with 20 catches for 285 yards and three touchdowns, with one touchdown in the Super Bowl. He had the potential to score the winning goal when he was the intended target on a quick rollout pass on third-and-goal and a fade on fourth-and-goal that went over his head as he was defended by Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith. Harbaugh wanted a pass-interference call on both plays but was denied by referees. 

Reference: USA Today.

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Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn announced Monday that welterweight Kell Brook will not challenge titleholder Devon Alexander because of a stress fracture in his right foot. 

Alexander was to make his first title defense against England's Brook on May 18th in the Showtime televised card headlined by the Lamont Peterson-Lucas Matthysse welterweight bout at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. Brook had been trying to work through the injury and was receiving treatment, but was finally advised not to fight.

"Kell has recently developed pain in his right foot," Hearn said in a statement. "Following specialist review and investigations over the last ten days he has been diagnosed with a stress fracture of his right fourth metatarsal and further injury of his right navicular, both of which require ongoing treatment, including withdrawal from full training.

"As a result of these injuries and the time required to recover, he has been advised that he will not be medically fit to fight on May 18th. Obviously, this is a huge blow and Kell is devastated, but we have had to make the right decision for Kell Brook the fighter. We will speak with (Alexander promoter) Golden Boy and hope to reschedule the bout in the near future."

This is the third time the fight has been postponed. Brook (29-0, 19 KOs) suffered an ankle injury late last year and the original fight on January 19th in Los Angeles was postponed. It was rescheduled for February 23rd in Detroit, but Alexander (24-1, 13 KOs) severely strained his right biceps, delaying the match till May 18th.

The IBF, the organization whose title Alexander holds, may decide to drop Brook and move on to the next challenger. Whatever happens however, Alexander will remain on the card for the May 18th bout, chief executive Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy says.

"It is very unfortunate that this fight is off again," Schaefer said. "Seems to me like it's a fight that is not supposed to happen. We will be talking to Team Alexander, the IBF, and (Showtime) trying to identify a replacement opponent which would be acceptable to all parties involved. The show must go on, and it will."

Alexander trainer Kevin Cunningham was not as kind as Schaefer, saying, "Can you believe this clown Brook? Devon boxed 10 rounds (Thursday) and is looking sharp. He's ready to go May 18th with Brook or without him."

Alexander is a former junior welterweight titlist from St. Louis and won a welterweight title with a unanimous decision against Randall Bailey on Oct. 20th in New York.

Reference: ESPN

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Washington Wizards player Nene is relieved to see the end of this season. 

His problems began last summer before the Olympic Games when the plantar fasciitis in his feet was so bad he had to withdraw from Brazil's team. All season long his routine after games has increased from resting one foot in a bucket of ice to soaking both feet. 

Nene, tired of giving a mummified look because of the pain in his feet from plantar fasciitis, decided to sit out the last two games for the Wizards. He made it through 61 games in his 11th professional season, no small physical or mental feat. 

"How tough? Tough enough to think about the end of my career? Yeah, that's how tough it was," he said. "It was so hard to play the way I did it. I thought to end my career because it's so painful, my body can't support. I'm glad I finished the season, but the way I suffer, I hope, never again."

Unfortunately we've seen so many players this season fall to plantar fasciitis and have severe pain because they are not resting as long as they should be. When you have a schedule like these basketball players do and suffer from plantar fasciitis, it is necessary to rest more than two or three games. The constant pounding up and down the court just aggravates the condition.

Nene is owed $39 million over the next three years and said conversations with his wife Lauren and business manager Alex Santos convinced him to keep going. The 6-foot-11 Brazilian is motivated by his son Mateos and his faith in God, but acknowledges that he needs to rest this spring and summer in order to be healthy for next season. 

"To play through pain, that's not necessary. For what? I'm going to sit down. Let the young guys play. They need the work," Nene said.

Coach Randy Whitman was surprised to hear that Nene was going to sit out the final two games. "News to me," he said. But he too feels that Nene needs to rest and get healthy. "It's a big summer for him to work on his body and then when the summer rolls around here, we're hitting the floor running right from the start and we didn't have that luxury with John (Wall) or him this year," Whitman said. "We have to have our main guys healthy and playing as many games as you can to get to that level of playoffs."

Nene was acquired from Denver in March 2012 in a three-team deal and has missed 44 of 117 possible games, largely because he has not been able to properly rest his left foot. This season he has shot just 48 percent from the field, his lowest in any season he has played more than 35 games. He averaged just 12.6 points per game and committed more than two turnovers per game for the second season in a row. 

Reference: Washington Post

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Dodgers' shortstop Dee Gordon said he was fine after sliding awkwardly into home plate on Monday, but on Tuesday he wasn't feeling quite so good.

The injury happened during the fifth inning on Monday in the game against the Diamondbacks when Gordon scored from second on a two-run single by Carl Crawford. Gordon beat the throw home, but collided with catcher Miguel Montero. Montero didn't seem fazed by the impact, but the 160-pound Gordon lay on the ground for a few seconds before heading to the dugout.

Manager Don Mattingly said that he was planning on taking Gordon out of the lineup soon after anyway, and Gordon is listed as day-to-day with a left ankle sprain. Gordon is known for his speed, so it is likely he will be kept out of the lineup until he is up and running again (har har!).

It is unlikely Gordon will make the club anyway, since he only plays shortstop and Hanley Ramirez is the starting shortstop. Gordon however has enjoyed bonus playing time while Ramirez is playing in the World Baseball Classic. During this time he has been more relaxed at the plate with increases in walks and on-base percentage. Ramirez jammed his thumb during the WBC Tuesday and could miss anywhere from two to ten weeks.

Reference: SB Nation

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