Tynes, who last played in the NFL in 2011, says he contracted methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) at the Buccaneers' training facility in August 2013. He was one of three Tampa Bay players who were diagnosed with the illness that year. Cornerback Jonathan Banks and offensive lineman
The lawsuit seeks $20 million in damages from the Buccaneers, claiming the amount reflects Tynes' potential earnings if he were still playing in the NFL.
The Buccaneers have not publicly responded to Tynes' suit, which alleges the team "failed to employ necessary sterile techniques and routinely left therapy devices, equipment and surfaces unclean."
After being diagnosed, Tynes underwent multiple surgeries to remove infected tissue. He also received six weeks of intravenous antibiotic therapy.
"Ultimately the infection was eliminated but debilitating and persistent pain remained -- permanently ending [Tynes'] professional football career," the release stated.
Tynes played seven NFL seasons with the