Carl Nicks Not Yet Ruled OutAugust 26th, 2013
Last week it was learned that Bucs guard Carl Nicks came down with MRSA in his foot, a dangerous staph infection that can be deady.
This, on the heels (pun intended) of Nicks still hobbled by his surgically-unrepaired turf toe, which likely will never be 100 percent.
Joe was hospitalized with staph infection to his foot and leg. It’s ugly; it’s painful; it’s not fun and it takes a couple of weeks to be back to 100 percent. With the Bucs season opener less than two weeks away, it seems Nicks playing in the season opener is really not in the cards.
But that’s not Bucs commander Greg Schiano is saying. Per cool cat Joey Knight of the Tampa Bay Times, Schiano is putting his toe in the water to gauge whether Nicks, indeed, can play in Gotham against the Jets.
NICKS IN NEW YORK? Schiano refused to rule out G Carl Nicks (MRSA infection) for the Sept. 8 season opener at the Jets.
Nicks, whose left foot infection followed season-ending surgery on his left big toe in November, recently practiced three days in Foxborough, Mass. He hasn’t appeared in a game.
“I think there’s too much time still before we can (rule Nicks out),” Schiano said.
It’s difficult for Joe to believe Nicks will play in New Jersey on the second Sunday of September. Not just because of the MRSA, which is a hardcore infection, but just for the simple fact that Nicks hasn’t practiced in how long? Nicks can’t be in decent shape at this point.
Joe just has a hunch Schiano would want Nicks to be in some kind of football shape to throw him out there on the field. Just what kind of shape can he be in after being hobbled not just by MRSA but also by his nagging toe?