“It Doesn’t Feel Right”June 11th, 2014
It was all doom and gloom for Carl Nicks from Tampa Bay Times Bucs beat writer Rick Stroud this morning on WDAE-AM 620.
The former All-Pro guard spoke yesterday and said he’s ready to start running soon and believes he’s on track to play football when Buccaneers training camp kicks off in 44 days. Um, isn’t that a shred of good news?
Stroud, however, said “it doesn’t feel right” and he wasn’t really buying the context of what Nicks was selling.
“If you’re still talking about beginning to run, and it’s the middle of June? Stroud asked of Nicks rhetorically. “It doesn’t seem as if there has been any progress in this guy’s condition.”
Stroud and co-host Ronnie Lane gave their visual impressions of Nicks, and Stroud reiterated that he’s not comprehending the medical progress of Nicks after his MRSA-related foot surgery last year. “I don’t know what he can do in six weeks that he hasn’t done the past three or four months,” Stroud said. (You can listen to the full audio below, which includes cuts from Nicks’ chat with media.
Joe surely wouldn’t count on Nicks, but there’s no reason to think he’s full of baloney, either.
Lovie Smith said Nicks passed his physical on Monday and he expects Nicks to be ready to roll for training camp, barring a setback. Nicks said he’ll be rehabbing at One Buc Palace over the next six weeks while his teammates are vacationing. That feels about as “right” as anything Joe’s heard about Nicks in many months.