Carl Nicks excused from reporting to Bucs camp for personal reason

AP

Buccaneers guard Carl Nicks did not participate in voluntary work with the team this spring and wasn’t able to practice during the team’s mandatory minicamp because of the toe injury and resulting staph infection that wiped out his 2013 season, but said in June that he felt like he would be ready to participate in training camp.

The Bucs reported for work on Thursday, but Nicks wasn’t among the players checking in for camp. Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports that coach Lovie Smith said that Nicks was excused for the day because of personal reasons.

“It’s part of life. Things come up,” Smith said.

Because of the toe injury, the Bucs have gotten very little return on their free agent investment in Nicks two years ago. He’s played in just nine games for the team and it will continue to be unclear whether he’ll provide much help in the future until he actually gets back on the football field. Smith indicated that Nicks was only excused for Thursday, so Friday should bring more word on how Nicks is feeling and what his future in Tampa looks like.

13 responses to “Carl Nicks excused from reporting to Bucs camp for personal reason

  1. The “personal reason” is that he’s working on his retirement speech. I really do think his career is over.

  2. “It’s part of life. Things come up.”

    And that, Tampa fans, is a typical Lovie Smith media response. Get used to never knowing anything about the real status of players on your team, cause that’s how he rolls.

  3. Nicks had a toe and foot injury, then had it exacerbated by MRSA last year. Infection is what kept him out in 2013. Likely he’s getting second opinion for his toe/foot, due to legal reasons. That is, separate medical evaluation at the time of camp start will let him independently determine/argue….if he gets injured this year in same area (foot/toe) whether it was a MRSA (Bucs possible liability) or old injury (normal football injury–normal league benefits with disability) or a new injury (treated as such). I expect he’ll be back in the morning.

  4. dls5492 says:
    Jul 24, 2014 1:56 PM
    Carl Nicks is our Sgt. Hulka, he is our big toe!
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    Killer Full Metal Jacket reference Bro!!!LOL

    On the other hand, I keep reading posts from “fans” that are mad that the guy got MRSA and refuses to work until he’s completely cleared!!! Keep in mind that he got the MRSA condition from being, you guessed it, AT WORK!!

  5. He seems like a super cool guy on interviews and I’m sure he wishes he could return to form and maul the opposing D-line.

  6. dls5492 says:
    Jul 24, 2014 1:56 PM
    Carl Nicks is our Sgt. Hulka, he is our big toe!
    ********************************************************************************************
    Killer Full Metal Jacket reference Bro!!!LOL
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    I may be splitting hairs, but that was a Stripes reference.

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