The Buccaneers got guard Carl Nicks back on the field a couple of weeks ago after a bout with a MRSA infection in his foot, but it looks like Nicks hasn’t made it all the way out of the woods yet.
Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reports that cultures taken from Nicks’ foot recently have come back with indications of MRSA. Bucs General Manager Mark Dominik told Garafolo that the infectious disease specialist working with Nicks believes that it is a recurrence of the initial infection as opposed to a new strain of the bug finding its way into Nicks’ foot.
There’s no word on what that might mean for Nicks’ availability, but it’s clearly not good news for a player who missed the first two weeks of the season while battling the infection the first time. Nicks also missed nine games last year, so his move to Tampa has featured a lot more visits to doctors offices than the touchdown springing blocks that the team had in mind.
And it’s also not good news for the Bucs who are already 0-4 and facing an NFLPA grievance filed by kicker Lawrence Tynes regarding their handling of Tynes’ MRSA infection in a season that’s well on its way to being a total nightmare.