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Report: Carl Nicks getting mixed messages on resuming his career

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The Buccaneers have had guard Carl Nicks in the lineup for just nine games since signing him as a free agent before the 2012 season and a report from Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports creates some uncertainty about how many he might play for them in 2014 and beyond.

Nicks missed nine games in 2012 because of a toe injury and has been out for all but two games this season after contracting a MRSA infection during the summer. Nicks returned for those two games, but hasn’t played since signs of the infection showed up again in September. Now he’s set to visit a specialist to find out why his toe doesn’t feel much better than it did last year.

Per Garafolo’s report, MRSA isn’t believed to be the direct reason for the continued toe issues. There’s concern that Nicks has nerve damage, which may have been exacerbated by the infection, and the player has reportedly received mixed messages from doctors about his ability to return to the field.

Nicks has three years left on his deal and a $7 million base salary in 2014.

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9 Responses to “Report: Carl Nicks getting mixed messages on resuming his career”
  1. bucrightoff says: Dec 23, 2013 11:31 AM

    Well its a good thing Vincent Jackson has been worth every cent of his contract because the other two free agent signings of last summer, Nicks and Eric Wright, were disastrous to say the least.

  2. primenumber19 says: Dec 23, 2013 11:36 AM

    Nicks and lescharles Bentley should write a book together

  3. cmsaint9 says: Dec 23, 2013 11:40 AM

    Carl plz come back to NO. We need you even if you only have 9 working toes.

    -Drew

  4. realfootballfan says: Dec 23, 2013 11:44 AM

    Another free agent cautionary tale. Make sure the team you go to isn’t nasty. This happened to LeCharles Bentley when he went to the Browns, too.

  5. thegregwitul says: Dec 23, 2013 11:44 AM

    What a shame if Nicks has to retire. He was dominant on the field in limited action for the Bucs and is still young enough to bounce back if he’s cleared to return by the doctors.

    As noted above by another poster, thank goodness Vincent Jackson has lived up to his contract; between the lingering injury concerns with Nicks and the general uselessness of Eric Wright, VJax needed to live up to his end of the deal and he has.

  6. nfl4days says: Dec 23, 2013 11:45 AM

    We miss you in NO Carl. So, so much.

  7. shayeezy says: Dec 23, 2013 12:03 PM

    heck of a player. shame to see his career derailed by injuries while he should be in his prime.

  8. evilglazers666 says: Dec 23, 2013 12:51 PM

    I heard the Glazers fired the cleaning crew right before he contracted MRSA.

  9. labucs says: Dec 25, 2013 8:11 PM

    I wish the best for Mr Nicks but he is the most high maintenance player in the history of the team.

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