The Toe Felt Around Tampa Bay

August 6th, 2013

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Fans took a deep breath at Bucs practice Monday morning, and it wasn’t from the stifling heat (when the sun was out, it was easily the hottest practice of training camp). No, that deep breath was of relief. Carl Nicks was taking snaps in 11-on-11 drills.

But it seems the toe of Nicks, the turf toe, has Bucs fans worried, and maybe with some merit.

Woody Cummings of The Tampa Tribune was the first to report Nicks had his toe “heavily bandaged” when he reported for training camp. The Bucs and Nicks waved off the bandage, saying it was precautionary.

But Nicks has hardly practiced with the first team and Schiano hinted that the initial fears of Nicks’ toe being an issue were valid, as Schiano talked about Nicks’ toe Monday.  WDAE-AM 620 Bucs beat reporter Tom Krasniqi documented .

LG Carl Nicks (toe) saw more action in during team drills. Schiano says Nicks still feels some “discomfort” but that he’s battling through it. That big toe bears watching

That sure doesn’t sound like Nicks is healthy at all. This should be very concerning. Nicks has had many months for that toe to heal after surgery and before the Bucs play their first preseason game he is experiencing “discomfort.” That’s not reassuring.

The Bucs have a chance of having the best offensive line in the NFL to road grade the way for running back Doug Martin. A big part of that is banking on Nicks to return.

Joe can never remember when a toe was such a key part of the anatomy for Bucs fans.

29 Responses to “The Toe Felt Around Tampa Bay”

  1. snook Says:

    Sounds like someone didnt rehab well at all. I doubt Nicks plays more than 8 games this season.

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    “TOE ON THE LINE”

  3. the_buc_realist Says:

    If the Toe cannot stay on the field, then unfortunately this will be considered another bad signing by the Pop-star.

  4. The 300s Says:

    Coach actually said during his post practice interview that Nicks will have to deal with this discomfort for the rest of his life. He mentioned that even after we have surgery to fix things we aren’t always completely healthy after. I don’t think this is a major issue. If our illustrious former TE can play with no cartiledge in his knee, Nicks should be fine….. at least for this season.

  5. McSiD Says:

    I’m sorry but anyone playing sports gas has that issue, get some tape, numb the toe and get ready to go.

  6. Pewter_Power Says:

    Turf toe can be a very problematic injury, that is what basically ended Eddie George’s career. He was never the same after that.

  7. Robert Says:

    I told yall

  8. snook Says:

    As soon as this gets stepped on in a couple games, he’ll be done.

  9. admin Says:

    I’m sorry but anyone playing sports gas has that issue, get some tape, numb the toe and get ready to go.

    Not that simple. Joe saw that toe last year and it was gross. Red as a cherry and easy twice the size it should have been. It was nasty.

    Taping and numbing wouldn’t work on this, besides, you start numbing a foot on an offensive linemen, that’s like taking the air out of one of your tires.

  10. stevek Says:

    Nicks is being paid like the best OG in football, we need this guy out there.

    If Nicks doesn’t play this year, than Realist is correct, another “bad” signing by the rock star.

    It is time for this team to make the playoffs.

  11. stevek Says:

    Nicks is being paid like the best OG in football, we need this guy out there.

    If Nicks doesn’t play this year, than Realist is correct, another “bad” signing by the rock star.

    It is time for this team to make the playoffs.

  12. bucfanjeff Says:

    Nicks is not a bad signing. Nobody can predict injury.

    It IS concerning though. We’re worrying about all these other guys and Nicks is the one who could start the season on the 6 week PUP.

  13. robert Says:

    he’s done, caput. he got paid and did not rehab well. and I don’t recall any inspirational stories about him being a leader or helping new guys along.

    just sound like a guy who has lost his drive.

    next man up.

  14. Buc'n Junkie Says:

    ^^^^^ forget the toe, somebody should put a foot up your inconsiderate arse.

  15. Adam Says:

    The first time I heard of “turf toe” was when Vinny Testeverde got it here in Tampa. It was so uncommon that the Tribune ran a full page article with the cross-section of a foot and tried to explain what it was. I went to the Bucs/Bills game when he came out and the Bucs fans CHEERED when he was helped off the field.

  16. 76buc76 Says:

    The medical staff blew this one. He was horrible his last 2 games. So why was he out there? He should Ronny Lott that sucker. Bro’s before toes

  17. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    the_buc_realist Says:
    “If the Toe cannot stay on the field, then unfortunately this will be considered another bad signing by the Pop-star.”

    Not unless evidence is found that shows the toe issue existed before signing him and Dominick missed it.

    Otherwise it goes down as a disappointment but not Mark’s fault. You cannot predict injuries in ANY player without supporting evidence.

  18. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    76buc76 Says
    “Bro’s before toes”

    Best. Line. Ever.

  19. robert Says:

    junkie

    why am I inconsiderate???

    did I say anything that was untrue?

  20. Dr. Dave Says:

    Longoria’s got ‘Policeman’s Heel’
    The equivalent baseball injury
    Does it make ‘im strike out 19 in a row?

  21. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    I’m not concerned unless it prevents him from playing the during the season more than a game or two. And there is nothing that I can personally do about that, so I’m not going to fret over what I can’t change.

    I checked free agency and there is no one good to bring in for depth. All the Bucs have are Roger Allen (4 years), Howard Barbieri (1 year), Derek Dimke (1 year) and Adam Smith (rookie).

    Three young guys and a vet. Maybe one of them is a good guard?

  22. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Joe, who is getting the first team reps while Nicks is out?

  23. Couch Fan Says:

    Isnt Revis going through the exact same thing? I dont see anything in this article that suggests theres any difference in Carl and Darrelle’s rehab plans.
    I didnt see or hear anything about Nicks toe bothering him other than the “discomfort” which should be expected.

    If Revis doesn’t need to be concerned about right now, I’m not seeing a reason we should be concerned about Nicks either unless I am missing something.

  24. Ben Says:

    To all the people saying he “didn’t rehab”: shut up about stuff you have no idea about.

    First, you have no way of knowing what he did or didn’t do.

    Second, turf toe and other toe injuries tend to be injuries that are very hard to recover from. In fact, very little is done in the way of rehab on an injury like this. Time is the only healer and we have a limited amount of it.

    In other words, some times you have to chalk stuff up to bad luck as opposed to casting blame on the guy who pushed through a very bad injury for us last year. Just shut up.

  25. Eric Says:

    Ricky Bell had some turf toe issues.

    That has to be a tough injury cause you know those big DLs are always stepping on it.

    Strange an entire offseason did not resolve it though.

  26. snook Says:

    This is a big hit for the season. They better have the backup plan ready by week 6. What a shiz sandwich.

  27. Drew Says:

    Yawn… Not an issue.

  28. Buddah Says:

    Bucs..5-3 with Nicks; 2-6 without him. Enough said. He’s important and a man-beast. Nicks at 6% is better than most guards at 100%. He’s that special and every team looking for offensive line help wanted him. Besides, Guards play well into their mid-thirties; this guy will be around awhile. Bank on it, and he won’t go on IR unless it’s a career-ending injury, which is unlikely.

  29. buccanay Says:

    IMO. got paid and lost competitive desire..hope I’m wrong!

 
 

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