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October 15, 2013 @ 7:06 pm
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Report Says Nicks Had Surgery To Remove MRSA

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Gil Arcia


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A report on Tuesday said Bucs guard Carl Nicks had surgery to remove the MRSA that has infected his foot since the preseason. This could force the NFL's highest paid guard to miss more than half of the season for the second straight season.
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.

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    The buccaneers have Schianoitis which can be fatal if not caught early and eradicate this disease !!!!
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    Is their any truth to the rumors that this could be considered career threatening to Nicks? That would be terrible to see one of the best interior lineman go down in their prime.
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    Hopefully the MRSA is now completely out of his system. Him being gone for the rest of the season isn't totally unexpected. Hopefully one day we will all hear good news for the Bucs again. Hopefully before the end of the season.
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    On second thought, I have no comment except get well Carl and I hope you can one day close this dreadful chapter in your life. As for as the Bucs are concerned, what can I say that has not already been said!
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    And so much for building a team through Free Agency. We sure didn't get much from the big 3 free agents signed in 2012 did we? Jackson has been superb but Wright and Nicks have been major disappointments. This years top free agents haven't done much either. FS Dashon Goldson made a few penalty drawing hits but has been quiet the past couple of games. TE Tom Crabtree is still the invisible man. CB Michael Adams has been hurt all season. DE Trevor Scott flashed early but is now inactive. DT Derek Landri is so-so. LB Jonathan Casilias is a back-up. Maybe if the team drafted better. Glazers aren't getting much value.
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    Our whole offensive line is infected with something, because they're not playing very good. What was supposed to be the strength of the team is probably our biggest weakness. Penn, and Joesph have been beaten all year. Zuttah, and whoever plays left guard can't get it done. Dobson is doing O.K., but one outta five isn't good enough. I would've tried to find a trading partner for Penn, move Dobson over, and start Carimi on the right side. Might as well see if Dobson can play left tackle, or they're going to have to draft one high next year. We shouldn't keep saying we have 8 pro bowlers on this team. I count three, Jackson, Martin, Goldson, all of which are not playing to a pro bowl level this year. I laugh when people call Joesph a pro bowler, the only way he gets to Hawaii is if he buys his own plane ticket. Revis? Not this year. Bottom line, we've over rated everything about this team, now the reality is setting in. We're really a bad team, from ownership down to the infections.
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    WHO IS DOBSON????? It is Dotson!!! You are correct with some of your points. Dotson has been playing lights out, he is our best lineman by far. But I disagree with your assessment on only 3 pro bowlers. (1) McCoy- playing his best season this year, has been disruptive all year. (2) Jackson- did have a few drops, but he has had 2 big games over 100 yards and is clicking with Glennon now. (3) Revis- when put in position to play his game, he has shut down every WR he has gone up against. (4) Goldson- hasn't made splash plays yet, BUT he has brought a new attitude to the Secondary and he has helped Barron progress. (5) Martin- he is still a top 8 back in the NFL, but has not had the blocking needed to be a pro bowler this year. (6) David- he is the second coming of my favorite player of all time, Mr. Derrick Brooks. He plays sideline-to-sideline and makes several splash plays a game.
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    I want the next article to be that G. Schiano his been let go ! ...Please
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    I'm just glad that Nicks surgery was successful and the MRSA is now under control. His future health is important to me and I hope he can play football again; if not I wish him the best in his future adventures. I don't see how the Bucs get out of not paying him his full contract including the non guaranteed money. They have a huge law suit with Tynes and Nicks yet coming.
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    And the hits keep coming!
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    bad luck or not nicks was damaged goods with the toe anyway grubbs would have been cheaper some of this mess if not all is on dom he must go also
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