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Nicks not present for OTAs, Lovie doesn’t have much to say about it


Buccaneers guard Carl Nicks continues to recover from the staph infection that wiped out most of his 2013 season.  But he’s not attending offseason workouts.  And new coach Lovie Smith doesn’t have much to say about it.

“No update, he’s not here,” Smith told reporters on Monday (thanks to for the head’s up). “He’s not here for voluntary work.”

Smith was smiling as he related the matter-of-fact response (fast forward to 7:05), offering no excuse or explanation for Nicks’ absence.  A report last month from Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times indicated that Nicks will be ready for the start of training camp.  But if ongoing health issues are the reason for Nicks’ absence, Smith perhaps should have said so.

Instead, his short answer suggested that he’s not happy about Nicks’ absence — but that Smith knows he can’t say anything derogatory about Nicks’ decision not to show up for voluntary work.

Nicks is due to earn a base salary of $7 million this year, with a $9.357 million cap number.  After signing with the Bucs as a free agent in 2012 after four years with the Saints, he has appeared in only nine regular-season games with the Buccaneers.

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10 Responses to “Nicks not present for OTAs, Lovie doesn’t have much to say about it”
  1. gofor2with3pointlead says: May 27, 2014 3:47 PM

    Can’t say I’m happy about it either but I can’t say I blame the guy either. You never know when there might be something special going on Carl, it sure would be nice to have you on board though.

  2. docsweeney says: May 27, 2014 3:52 PM

    Get used to this kind of reply. Lovie is a reporter’s worst dream. Gives no information, pat answers to every questions. Doesn’t like to be pressed and feels likes he’s guarding government secrets.

  3. suckleague says: May 27, 2014 3:53 PM

    I’ll cut him some slack. We do hand out Staph and MRSA like candy at One Buc Place.

  4. bucrightoff says: May 27, 2014 4:01 PM

    Good thing the Vincent Jackson signing was gold cause the other two signings that offseason (Eric Wright and Nicks)? Not so much

  5. thestrategyexpert says: May 27, 2014 4:17 PM

    That’s probably a smart idea. Lovie has not been very successful with speaking out on team related subjects lately. Namely the football-oriented issues.

  6. onbucky96 says: May 27, 2014 4:45 PM

    Lovie is such a tool. He’ll have 1.5 good seasons in Tampa then they’ll fall apart. Book it. You can also count on him smiling thru nearly every presser. The Chicago media misses he stupid responses dearly.

  7. mrlaloosh says: May 27, 2014 6:05 PM

    Nicks has LeCharles Bentley disease. Leave the Saints and pay the consequences.

  8. evansvc says: May 27, 2014 6:35 PM

    What would it hurt???? Take a look at Vince Young…..
    There are a lot worse QBs on NFL rosters that has never had the success Vince Young has had …(NFL Rookie of the Year, 2 Pro Bowls, Playoff experience and Mobility). Vince has a career winning record of 31-19…
    He can help this team…even if it’s just upgrading the quarterback pool…

  9. labucs says: May 28, 2014 12:56 AM

    IMO Carl’s big toe is the problem. He never really returned from the injury. A bad big toe for a guard is like a bad thumb for a QB.

  10. pslbucfan says: May 28, 2014 9:11 AM

    Dude enough about Vince Young. He has a 58% career completion percentage, a 1:1 ratio of TD/INTs and scored 6 on his wonderlic!! A 6!! I’ll pass.

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