Nicks Smiling And Practicing

September 11th, 2013

The human armoire, All-Pro guard Carl Nicks, practiced today in pads and was happy to talk to media about it.

Nicks declared that his bum toe is fine, though he’ll still have a lifetime issue there, and now it’s just getting into shape after beating a MRSA infection in his foot.

“The only thing that held me back was the MRSA. Now that it’s gone I’m ready to go,” Nicks said.

Nicks took limited snaps today¬†and it’s unknown whether he’ll be ready for Sunday, against the team he won a Super Bowl ring with, the Saints.

On a funny note, Joe asked Nicks whether he took the extra time off his feet to perhaps add some upper body strength. Nicks laughed and said he’s never had a problem with upper body strength.

41 Responses to “Nicks Smiling And Practicing”

  1. stevek Says:

    Big Carl!

    Bring back Nicks, he will make sure our silent snap count doesn’t lead to further safeties, and dissapointing offensive output.

    I still can’t fathom that the Bucs lost to the Jets.

    Schaino, Freeman and Dominick: Three wise men.

  2. Walter Says:

    We need our O-Line to step up and play to its full potential. Games are won in the trenches.

  3. Buc1987 Says:

    He WILL be playing this Sunday!

  4. bucrightoff Says:

    Let there be no doubt Mr. Amanda Tynes is the source of the MSRA breakout. The fact Nicks is 100% good to go and Tynes is still struggling tells you all you need to know.

  5. Andrew 1 Says:

    this is great news. Nicks at even 50% is still way better than Gabe Carimi.

  6. Stevene Says:

    Saints 41 Bucs 6

  7. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Nicks is a perfect example of some typical Tampa Bay Buccaneer bad luck. Signed in the prime of his career with absolutely no injury history, then he gets a bum toe, and now an awful infection. It’s nobody’s fault (although many morons like to blame Dominik), just pure bad luck. It would be so great to get this guy back on the field and get his career back to what it was in NO.

  8. lightningbuc Says:


    You know that how? All your medical training?

  9. stevek Says:

    Hawaiian Buc,

    You are right, the “bad luck” on MRSA is not Dominick’s fault.

    Dominick has not shown to take this team to the playoffs, and last week’s loss is the worst in his tenure.

    When is Dominick “at fault” for his personell’s lack of production?

    When are the Bucs going back to the playoffs? When are we going to emerge from the depths of mediocrity.

    We might finish in last place of the NFC south, again, how does Dominick survive another last place finish?

  10. Touchdown Gus Says:

    We need you back big man! Someone needs to clear the way for dougie because we sure couldn’t do it last week. Also a very interesting note and would love to hear your thoughts it joe:

  11. stevek Says:

    Hawaiian Buc,

    I stopped giving Dominick any sort of a “pass” when he chose to acquire Albert Haynesworth.

    I can overlook Derrick Ward, Eric Wright and Cato June, but Haynesworth is inexcusable.

    Where is our depth?

  12. bucrightoff Says:

    Awesome. Players only meeting accroding to PFT. This season is going to be a disaster.

  13. The_Buc_Realist Says:

    The pop-star needs to be fired for his “charile brown like luck” alone. Even chalking all these mistakes up to bad luck is wearing very thin. At some point the Glazers will have to find a eal “GM” that has better “Luck”.

  14. Hawaiian Buc Says:


    That’s where I disagree with you. It is not the GM’s responsibility to take a team to the playoffs. That is on the coach. A GM is responsible for building the talent to make it possible for the coach. You yourself have said this team should be in the playoffs, no excuses. I don’t think Dominik is responsible for having our team prepared in the case of a headset going out. I don’t think he’s calling for ridiculous stunts and 3 man rushes at the end of games. I guess the one thing that could end up being his demise is the drafting of Freeman. If Freeman has 15 more games like Sunday, then you have to consider Freeman a bust. That’s one position a GM simply can’t miss badly on.

  15. Buc1987 Says:

    Steve I’m sending you an umbrella and a raincoat. It seems that you need them badly with all the rain (bad news) that is always falling on your head. Wait a raincoat an umbrella and some cheese.

  16. Stevene Says:

    Bucrightoff, at least it will not be on local TV thank god..

  17. Hawaiian Buc Says:


    This bad luck started way before Dominik became our GM. I know it is your life mission to see him gone, and that is your opinion and you are entitled to it. But this team has talent all over the field. We have the best corner (and maybe the best overall defender) in the game, one of the best DT’s, a stud OLB, 2 ridiculous safeties, 2 top WR’s, a dynamic RB, and an offensive line with 3 Pro Bowlers. I put that up against any team in the league. Again, our problem lies with coaching and QB, if anything at all.

  18. Hawaiian Buc Says:


    Do you forget why we brought in Haynesworth? We were so desperate that I believe I was his next phone call if Haynesworth turned him down. It was a late season act of desperation. Would you have rather him grabbed someone off the practice squad, or take a chance with a player that just a couple years prior was THE BEST defensive tackle in the game?

  19. JustinNU Says:

    Great News! It will help us out with him out there. We were 6-4 before he got hurt last year, and only went down hill from there. He will open some holes for dougie.

    If they did have a players only meeting, that is a good thing. Maybe people up and starting to take some responsibility for what happened last sunday. Maybe even Freeman stood up and said something.

  20. Couch Fan Says:

    I agree with Hawaiian. This team is talented. Only a fool would say otherwise. It’s up to the coaches and players to get that talent to show up on the field. Dom is the only one thats doing his job!

  21. JustinNU Says:

    @couch- i don’t normally agree with you at all. But I am glad you just said that. I think Dom has done a great job. I am glad we can agree on one thing.

    I’ll say it again, I liked the hire of Schiano and enjoyd him last season. I have his back this year, but that doesnt mean I give him a pass for anything. He needs to be better. period. and i expect that from him. Time will tell.

  22. BFFL Says:

    I know Dominick sucks based on all those terrible draft classes. The draft has been much better with Shiano & Davis so at least that’s an improvement. I’m on the fence in regards to Shiano’s offensive and defensive scheming. Is it the scheme or is it the players?? Whose idea was it to not get a TE or established DE? I think Dominick persuaded Shiano to give Stocker and Bowers one more chance, but I’m sure Shiano is regretting that now.

  23. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Perhaps the good drafting has less to do with Schiano and more to do with gaining experience. Like any job, it takes a while to figure out exactly what you are doing. His drafts have gotten better each year, and he seems to have a much clearer vision of what he wants. I’m not saying he shouldn’t get any blame, but I disagree completely that this team isn’t talented enough to get to the playoffs. I’ll take our talent (minus our QB) against just about every team in the NFL.

  24. BFFL Says:

    No TE, no 3rd wr, no front 4 pass rush, mlb can’t defend short pass, overrated OL..

    too many holes. look around the league, the good teams do not have this many holes

  25. Ricardo Esteban Says:

    I been bitchin about Nicks for a while……..

    BUT…with the way the O line played last week I pray to God he plays on Sunday!!!!!!!!!!

  26. Sneedy16 Says:


    Do your research man. What team has all pros at every position? None. This team has not TE due to offensive schemes that made them less likely to be use in the passing game. Why waist a load of money on a position when there are other places it can be used.

    3rd WR? The only team that has 3 good receivers are the Broncos and Packers. They both do not have a RB, or a Dline., and if you were watching the game Mason Foster has improved a lot in pass defense.

    How can the Oline be overrated when they have never been healthy?

  27. Chef Paul Says:

    We don’t even need a GOOD 3rd WR. Just a guy that can catch a pass is all we need. Doesn’t even need to catch as well as Megatron or Vincent Jackson. Just a pass that hits him in both hands gets caught. That’s all

  28. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    It is kind of ironic that probably Freeman’s best two throws of the day were thrown to Ogletree, and he botched both of them terribly. Although the first was toward the sideline, Ogletree had no idea where the sideline was. The second one was perfectly thrown, just bounced off his hands.

  29. Sneedy16 Says:

    @Chef Paul

    Exactly Kevin “Michael Clayton II” Ogletree needs to step it up. Can’t catch passes hitting him in the chest and hands. You would think he was playing soccer. I’d try Page out there for a few.

  30. Miguel Grande Says:

    I think Dominick must have had Nicks been cleared by the medical staff before they signed him. Then he had to run those sprints on the first day of camp. He hasn’t been the same since.

    When you take the legs away from a 350 LBS lineman, you can’t take away his appetite. That lineman then becomes a 508 LBS lineman.

    The problem of hurrying back too soon after an injury, it often creates other unrelated injuries when you over compensate. If you limp to protect a toe injury, you can blow out a knee.

    We’ll see if he’s ready by the 6th week.

  31. Stanglassman Says:

    Steve D. is setting Joe straight when he blames everything on Josh. He said that Josh had the team in the lead at the end of the game 5 times last year and def blew the lead just like the first game this year. Joe said he thinks Big Ben is one of the QBs clearly better than Josh. I don’t think so now you see what Ben looks like with a mediocre team around him.

  32. Stanglassman Says:

    For all the people that didn’t notice that the safety hit Josh’s throwing elbow as he released the ball on his interception. No- I’m not saying it’s not his fault, I’m just tried of hearing people say he over threw Jackson like he had a clean pocket.

  33. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Freeman holds onto the ball too long, pressure or no pressure. He is notorious for throwing late across the middle. One throw doesn’t prove anything one way or the other. The proof is in his 4+ years of starting.

  34. Buck Rogers Says:

    Thank God Nicks is back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOW LETS GET THIS THING GOING WITH A BEAT DOWN OF THE SAINTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  35. arealbucsfan Says:

    We’ve been cursed with bad luck from the get go. Thank the indians for that

  36. Stanglassman Says:

    Freeman has Started for 3 full seasons (1st with 10 wins) and took over a 0-7 team his rookie year. One game this year. Call that 5 years or 4 plus years if you want but its really 3 1/2 years one wining 10 games on a terrible team. I knew if I provided proof there would be some other excuse to blame everything on Freeman that’s fine as long as you realize you are in the minority that thinks the O-line did there job well Sunday.

  37. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Stevek, are you sure you didn’t want Haynesworth at first? Because I could swear you only blamed Dominick AFTER Albert proved himself to be bad. I may be mis-remembering though.

    I said it before and I’ll say it again. Mark Dominick has done better, up until now, than McKay did in his first 4 years. This year, when it is over, will show whether he is good or not.

    If the playoffs are not made I could see Dominick replaced. But I believe we will male the playoffs. You and I both know that there are some here that will not support the qb or coaches even if they get a game into the playoffs. I doj’t think tickets will start selling out unless we win 7 in a row or make it to the nfc championship game.

  38. Hawaiian Buc Says:


    I hope you aren’t referring to me. I never said the offensive line did a great job. And you are right, it hasn’t been 4+ years. My bad. Still yet, it’s been long enough.

  39. Capt. Tim Says:

    Great news about Nicks!! He greatly improves our O-line. Hopefully Joseph and Nicks can start to jell- and solidify the center of the line!

    Mrsa isn’t anyone’s fault. It’s a disease that is easily transferred to others. Unfortunately- we will all become much more familiar with Mrsa in the coming months

    This is a talented team. We have some tremendous players.
    The problem is, we also have players starting- that are terrible, and cripple the team. We don’t have an decent ( not great, not good) Wr to play slot. Our guy can’t catch. Defenses pray Freeman is forced to throw it to him. All we need is an average guy. We got nothing

    They don’t even assign a defender to Stocker. Can’t play, can’t block, can’t catch, can’t get open, can’t get of the line. He’s a freakin mannequin!!!

    A good TE would would attack the middle of the field. Right now- defenses only have to defend the sidelines.

    Said it all summer. Look like a prophet.

    Amazing how so many great players can still be handicapped by a few bad ones. But the chain is only as strong as its weakest link.
    We have some dental floss links- it was obvious, yet unaddressed
    That’s on Dominck

  40. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Capt. Tim,

    Yeah, I’m actually with you on that. The TE and Slot should have been addressed. I would venture to believe they thought Ogletree would have done more, but he didn’t, and that is on Dominik.

  41. Capt. Tim Says:


    Yeah, so disappointing. This team has some incredibly talented players.
    But also some totally talentless” weak links”

    Shoulda been addressed.