Carl Nicks And The BucsJuly 24th, 2014
Yes, the subject of the week is Carl Nicks and that ugly toe of his. This even seemed to surpass the fact the Bucs were reporting for training camp.
Yesterday, after his town hall meeting hosted by Joe’s good friend, “The Big Dog,” Steve Duemig, heard live on WDAE-AM 620 and held before a studio audience at Clear Channel Tampa headquarters, Licht spoke to reporters about Nicks’ status.
“He’s been doing everything he is supposed to be doing,” Licht said. “He wanted to get out there. It is a process there. We don’t want to do anything too quick with him and we want to make sure we are making a decision that is best for him and best for us. It is a marathon, not a race with him.”
Joe asked Licht if there was a specific date or deadline where, if Nicks can’t go, the Bucs will have to look at other options and perhaps turn the page. Licht said there was no such deadline.
“Not right now,” Licht said. “We have been getting ready for any option that comes our way. We are not relying on anything so we are ready for any option that comes our way.”
Now Joe was told last week from a trusted Bucs source that Nicks has been running this summer in an effort to prepare for training camp, which is good news. Baby steps here, you know? Nicks hadn’t run yet when June minicamp ended.
Basically, whether Nicks can go or not, it comes down to a pain tolerance issue. When Nicks first had the nasty turf toe – Joe saw that toe two years ago just before Nicks was placed on injured reserve and it was freaking gross! – he told Joe and other Tampa area pen and mic club types that he would have to live with pain the rest of his life.
It comes down to how much pain can Nicks stomach.
Nicks was unavailable this morning when the Bucs reported for training camp at One Buc Palace.