The Buccaneers received another dose of bad news when it was revealed on Thursday that guard Carl Nicks has had a recurrence of the bacterial infection MRSA.
At some point something has to go right for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Unfortunately that day wasn’t Thursday as news came out guard Carl Nicks has a recurrence of a MRSA infection that kept him out of action for several weeks earlier this year.
Bucs general manager Mark Dominik came down to the media room after Twitter reports came out earlier in the afternoon and issues a statement.
“Reports that you heard (of Nicks dealing with MRSA) are accurate, that this is a recurrence of the MRSA in the same place and location,” Dominik said. “From everything we have been told and understand, this does happen which is why MRSA is a bacteria that is hard to treat. But I would tell you that in talking to the infectious disease specialist that has been treating Carl and working with us and working with other professionals, he also confirms and believes strongly that this is obviously the same infection he is dealing with.”
The first MRSA occurrence came the week of the joint practices against the New England Patriots in Boston, between the second and third preseason games back in August. Nicks, who was struggling to come back from a toe injury and surgery suffered in 2012, was diagnosed with the antibiotic-resistant strain of infection along with kicker Lawrence Tynes.
Nicks recovery went better than Tynes, who chose to treat his MRSA infection with a PICC line which delivers the medication deeper in the body. The infection of Nicks foot, while on the same foot, was not related to the surgery of the toe injury, but instead came from a blister according to Nicks himself.
The Buccaneers started Gabe Carimi at left guard the first two weeks of the season while Nicks recovered. However Carimi was absent from One Buc Place for more than three weeks, and when he returned it was learned Carimi had been diagnosed with mononucleosis and told reporters he had lost 20 pounds.
How the Buccaneers deal with the starting left guard spot for Sunday’s home game against the Eagles is anyone’s guess, but it is possible that center Jeremy Zuttah moves to guard and backup offensive lineman Ted Larsen starts center. The Bucs could also keep Zuttah at center and play either Larsen or Jamon Meredith, who played guard in place of Davin Joseph in 2012.
Whatever the lineup may be on Sunday, the bad news keeps flowing from the walls at One Buccaneer Place and unfortunately while the team is still attempting to earn their first win of the season.
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