Nicks Nixed At Last MinuteAugust 17th, 2013
All-Pro guard Carl Nicks was supposed to play last night against the Patriots.
Bucs fans were told that Nicks playing last night was all part of his step-by-step rehabilitation/readiness plan. But minds changed, so documented Woody Cummings of The Tampa Tribune.
About 90 minutes before kickoff, the Bucs announced they decided to scratch Nicks from the lineup, saying he had put in enough good work during joint practices against the Pats to warrant sitting out.
The Bucs stressed the decision was not the result of any kind of setback for Nicks, who is still recovering from the plantar tissue tear in his left big toe that ended his 2012 season after seven games.
“It’s no big setback or anything,’’ Bucs coach Greg Schiano said. “We just feel like it’s better that we get him better for next week to play a considerable amount of time.
“He got some really good work up here during the week, so we feel like he’s gotten enough already for this time in his recovery and return. We feel good about that.’’
Joe’s not encouraged. Nicks was going to play around 10 plays or so last night. That’s peanuts, yet the Bucs held him out.
Like every other Bucs fans, Joe hopes the health fairy visits the Bucs and has Davin Joseph, Carl Nicks, Darrelle Revis and Adrian Clayborn ready to play a full game — at full strength — when the season kicks off in 22 days.