Buccaneers All-Pro guard Carl Nicks has had some misfortunes his first two seasons in pewter and red. According to SportsTalkFlorida.com, Nicks had surgery on his foot to remove the MRSA infection on his toe. The operation will likely end his season.
Nicks was diagnosed with MRSA the week of joint practices with the New England Patriots in Boston back in August. Nicks was the second Buccaneer, along with kicker Lawrence Tynes, to contract the highly contagious strain of staph.
After missing the first two weeks of 2013, Nicks returned to action against the Patriots in Week 3, but his return didn’t last long as he had a recurrence of MRSA just five days ago.
The six-year veteran missed the final nine weeks of 2012 and may miss the final eleven weeks of 2013.
The Buccaneers added depth last week when they signed guard Patrick Omameh off the San Francisco 49ers practice squad. The team has started Gabe Carimi and Ted Larsen at left guard.Earlier Monday, Tampa Bay announced that they have placed cornerback Rashaan Melvin on the Injured Reserve list.
Melvin (6-2, 193) signed with the Buccaneers as a college free agent this past offseason.