Head Coach Greg Schiano delivered a press conference this morning from One Buc Place after practice, and one of the topics covered was the health of star guard Carl Nicks. Nicks was kept out of Friday night’s game against the New England Patriots despite earlier reports that he’d be appearing in his first game since foot surgery last season.
But it turns out the delay for Nicks wasn’t directly due to the previous foot injury.
Schiano told assembled media that he developed a blister on his foot, and speculated that it might have to do with the general state of his foot and the size of the foot after the operation. The blister became infected, and the team is treating him accordingly.
Schiano reiterated that this was not on his toe, nor was it an aggravation of the same injury. He said that the goal is still to have Carl Nicks ready for week one, but that it’s tougher to project infections because there’s no standard timetable.
Ankle sprains and knee twists have generally accepted time frames for recovery, but infected blisters do not. So Nicks will remain sidelined while the medicine does its job, and will return when he’s able.
Hopefully this issue can be resolved soon, as Nicks will be an important part of the Buccaneers’ offense in 2013. But it’s encouraging to hear that the original injury was not flaring up for Nicks, and it was a more fluky and random concern that kept him from playing.