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SmashMouth 09-12-2013 02:57 PM

Nicks clear of MRSA - might play against Saints
 
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have never played a regular-season game in which Pro Bowl guards Carl Nicks and Davin Joseph were in the lineup together.

That might finally change this week.

Nicks, who has missed nearly a month of work with a MRSA infection on his left foot, returned to practice Wednesday and later said he could return to the Bucs’ lineup Sunday against the Saints.

“I’m MRSA clear,’’ Nicks declared with a wide smile after participating in a limited fashion in the workout at One Buc Place. “I’m all right. I’m just trying to get back out there and, hopefully, I’ll be ready for this game.’’

The Bucs signed Nicks to a five-year, $47.5 million contract in the spring of 2012 with the idea of pairing the two-time Pro Bowl left guard with Joseph, a two-time Pro Bowl right guard.

The two were together for a few snaps in the first three preseason games last year, but Joseph was lost to a season-ending knee injury in the third exhibition game. That was just the start of a string of calamities that included Nicks suffering a season-ending left big toe injury in Week 8 and the discovery of the MRSA infection last month.

Nicks has fought the infection with antibiotics ever since, but said he was recently cleared to return to normal activity after cultures and blood samples came back clear of the infection.

“Anytime you get any kind of injury like that there’s pain, but it was more mental than anything,’’ Nicks said of dealing with the infection. “I wasn’t really scared, just irritated that I couldn’t be out there with my guys.’’

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SapperSaint 09-12-2013 03:21 PM

Re: Nicks clear of MRSA - might play against Saints
 
Good to hear and I hope he plays...... and we bust his A$$!

lee909 09-12-2013 03:21 PM

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Is it wrong that my first thought is the D-lineman should stand on his feet every chance they get

SapperSaint 09-12-2013 03:27 PM

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To be honest Lee. If he lined up across from me that is what I would do. Call me what you will, but any advantage is an advantage.

SaintsBro 09-12-2013 03:29 PM

Re: Nicks clear of MRSA - might play against Saints
 
He could suit up wearing sandals or open flip flops, and the RB could hop up and ride on his back all the way to the end zone -- nobody would want to get within ten feet of him to tackle him. Even the refs would wave him through to the end zone.

ChrisXVI 09-12-2013 04:14 PM

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Enjoy getting your ass whooped by Cameron Jordan all game!

dueceloose 09-12-2013 04:31 PM

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I doubt he plays.. if he isn't 100 percent what's the point. plus I want us to run over the oline lol

Utah_Saint 09-12-2013 07:04 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by dueceloose (Post 526952)
I doubt he plays.. if he isn't 100 percent what's the point. plus I want us to run over the oline lol

You may be right. Yesterday was the first time he's practiced in a month.

homerj07 09-12-2013 10:22 PM

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I don't know if we want our guys in that locker room. Can we get out own people in their to disinfect the place?

Jack Vegas 09-13-2013 04:21 AM

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^

ditto. Hope their guys have learned how to wash their hands after they take a dump. Geez.


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