Eagles-Bucs to be played as scheduled

Raymond James Stadium. (Reinhold Matay/AP)

The Eagles left for to Tampa Bay on Saturday afternoon and did not alter any of their travel plans one day after it was revealed that a third player on the Buccaneers contracted MRSA, a drug-resistant staph infection.

The Eagles-Buccaneers game will still be played at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

The NFL released the following statement: "The NFL and NFLPA have worked together in response to the MRSA matter in Tampa Bay. The jointly retained specialist has met with the team, supervised the inspection of the facilities, conducted medical examinations and agrees with the team medical staff that [cornerback Johnthan] Banks does not pose a risk of transmission to other players. The specialist also met with team officials from the Eagles. All players have been advised of the process and we will continue to work together to jointly monitor the situation."

There is no word on the status of the ill players for Sunday’s game. Carl Nicks, who was confirmed have a reoccurrence of MRSA, is listed is questionable. Kicker Lawrence Tynes has been out since training camp. The third player is Johnthan Banks, who is listed as questionable with an illness, but the league's statement said he does not pose a risk of transmission.

Quarterback Michael Vick is officially listed as questionable for the Eagles with a left hamstring injury, but he’s expected to miss Sunday’s game. A source close to the situation told The Inquirer on Friday that Vick is “doubtful” to play.

Tight end James Casey is also questionable with a groin injury.

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