Sep 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Carl Nicks (77) on the line of scrimmage during the fourth quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium. The Cowboys beat the Buccaneers 16-10. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Carl Nicks Close to Returning to Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Toe far, Carl Nicks’ tenure with the Bucs has been a toe-tal failure.

Errrr….let me fix that up.

So far, Carl Nicks’ tenure with the Bucs has been a total failure, because he hasn’t been able to stay healthy in his two seasons in Tampa Bay.

The worst of the worst came from his toe, which had been infected with MRSA since the beginning of the 2013 season.

But after surgery and months of recovering, Nicks says that he’s close to coming back and playing for the Buccaneers, and should be ready by training camp.

That broke today while Nicks spoke to the media at day one of voluntary minicamp.

This is wonderful news, as Bucs fans have contemplated whether or not we’ll ever see Nicks healthy in a Tampa Bay uniform. If you recall, Nicks was supposed to be one of three acquisitions made in 2012 that would launch the Bucs into the upper echelon of teams in the NFC. Instead, he’s been hurt, Eric Wright did some Adderall and wasn’t performing very well, and Vincent Jackson has been the only one of that group that has produced consistently.

The big left guard expressed his excitement to the media about returning to football.

“I have the chicken pox over that,” Nicks said. “I’m scratching at it all the time to get back out there. I don’t want to force it. I don’t want to rush it. When I do come back I want play more than two games.”

But even though he’s pumped up to get back out there, he won’t be without pain even when he steps back onto the field.

“There’s some nerve damage. So there’s going to be pain from what I’m told for the rest of my life.”

While Tampa Bay is glad that Nicks is making progress, they will have to make sure that they have a backup plan in case his return backfires. Guard is high on their list of draft needs, and fans should expect a lot of guys at that position to enter training camp when that time rolls around.


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