The Tampa Bay Buccaneers got some encouraging news on Wednesday amid rumors of rigged votes and dishonesty, when Carl Nicks told the media that he was back to practice and free of MRSA, according to reports from practice today.
Bucs guard Carl Nicks declared himself MRSA free today. Still not sure if he will play Sunday but looks forward to being back on the field
— Pewter Report (@PewterReport) September 11, 2013
The Buccaneers’ offensive line was not good enough during Week 1, and getting back an All-Pro should definitely help. Nicks should have had plenty of time off of his feet, which has positive and negative ramifications.
The positive of the time off his feet recovering from MRSA means less stress on his surgically repaired but permanently damaged foot. While it’s certainly not good to contract MRSA, it does keep Nicks from running and playing football. He should have fresh legs and a less stressed and hopefully less painful foot injury.
But the negative is that those fresh legs are not in football shape. Nicks only started practicing today, which means he’s done nothing meaningful on a football field for quite a long time. The chances of him being ready for the game against New Orleans are slim to none, because even the best football player can’t step back out onto the field with no hard practicing and conditioning.
But the news brings hope that the Buccnaeers could have their preferred group of offensive linemen together before the bye week. But if Nicks can’t play right away, they’ll still need better performances from Gabe Carimi and the other first-team linemen to ensure the team isn’t out of the hunt before Nicks plays his first snap.