Carl Nicks has surgery on infected foot


Buccaneers guard Carl Nicks was recently diagnosed with a recurrence of a MRSA infection in his left foot that kept him out of last week’s game against the Eagles.

On Wednesday, the Buccaneers announced that he had surgery on that foot. Jenna Laine of SportsTalkFlorida previously reported that Nicks was having surgery. The specifics of the operation were not announced, but when the recurrence was announced there was discussion of the potential need for surgery to clean out the infection.

There’s no timetable for Nicks’ return, but it is probably safe to say that the team will have to go with other options at left guard for the immediate future. Patrick Omameh would be one option and Jeremy Zuttah could also slide over from center. Complicating matters is the fact that right guard Davin Joseph also missed practice on Wednesday and is being considered day-to-day with a knee injury.

Nicks and kicker Lawrence Tynes first contracted MRSA during training camp in August. Tynes remains out and on antibiotics to battle the infection. The NFLPA has filed a grievance against the Bucs for the way they handled Tynes’ infection.