TAMPA — The agent for Bucs kicker Lawrence Tynes, who was placed on the Non-Football Injury List with a staph infection, said the Bucs made a “suspect” and inappropriate decision by placing Tynes on that list. “Lawrence knows his first battle is to get healthy, but he also knows his next battle is to fight for what’s right and the only proper designation for him is IR (injured reserve),” agent Ken Harris wrote the Tribune in a text message. Harris said Tynes was fully healthy when he first signed with the Bucs and only contracted the staph infection after he had a procedure done to remove an ingrown toenail from his kicking foot. The Bucs have vowed to pay Tynes his $840,000 salary for this year, but the NFL Players Association has filed an injury grievance that will seek to win back benefits the Bucs would not be forced to cover if Tynes remains on NFI.
“It seems suspect to use a completely inappropriate NFI designation,” Harris added. “NFI is an injury/illness sustained outside or away from team activities or facilities. This in no way fits his fact pattern. “If Lawrence doesn’t fight for what’s right, it will set a dangerous precedent for any team to do this to any player in the future. A very temporary salary payment for a few games as NFI is not appropriate under our CBA. “It’s incorrect for a myriad of reasons which are retirement related, financial, non-financial, and as a matter of principle. I’m in close contact with union counsel to protect him as well as the men who play this game now and in the future.” The Bucs declined to comment.