Abnormal May Be Normal

August 22nd, 2013
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Donald Penn spoke about functioning with malfunction on the offensive line due to injuries.

The Bucs have, as Donald Penn calls it, their “core five” on the offensive line. That would be, from left, Penn, Carl Nicks, Jeremy Zuttah, Davin Joseph and Demar Dotson.

But the Bucs have not played with their core five during the regular season. Davin Joseph went down in the preseason last year. After Dotson unseated turnstile Jeremy Trueblood, Nicks went down with his first of two hoof injuries.

Now, Nicks has a nasty infection — Joe smells staph infection — and Joseph has yet to be cleared as 100 percent to play in games. So chaos on the front line seems to be the norm for the Bucs.

“That’s the nature of the beast in the NFL,” Penn said. “That’s how I got my start. When someone got I hurt I came in and stepped up. That’s how it goes. I can’t wait to get those guys back. But that is the nature of the beast. Guys have to come in and step up when their time is called. Last year, we did a great job of doing that. We expect nothing less than this year.”

Until Joseph is ready — he practiced this week and Penn lauded his play — and Nicks is over his foot issues, if he is every over his foot issues, it appears the Bucs could start the season back where they ended last season, down two starters.

But Penn isn’t fazed much by that. He believes the Bucs may have the best offensive line coach in the NFL with Bob Bostad and with the addition of Gabe Carimi, who has practiced at left guard. That gives the Bucs unparralled depth, Penn told Joe.

4 Responses to “Abnormal May Be Normal”

  1. BucoBruce Says:

    Nicks is out for the year!!!!!!!Staph infection.Its the worst kind of infection.The Glazers had one buc place clean to make sure no one else gets it.This sucks.

  2. tonytwocents Says:

    I hope Nicks eats, sleeps, and sh!ts in a hyperbaric chamber for the next week while that medicine kicks in.

    I came on a little stong in my last post on him, but I hope he pulls through. And not just to play, but in general.

  3. tmaxcon Says:


    I hope Nick’s gets well soon that being said I am very concerned his career is in jeopardy. How does the salary cap work for players that can no longer play and have to receive a settlement. Will the bucs get hammered or with an injury settlement is it a get out of jail free card and the bucs get off the hook. If I have read correctly the majority of the guaranteed money will be paid out in the first 2 years so does that mean if Nicks does not recover or return to form the bucs will be able to reduce his cap value with a settlement. again, i am putting the cart well before the horse just curious about possible long term issues salary cap wise.

  4. Joe Says:

    tmaxcon :

    Sorry, Joe’s not a salary cap guy.