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

AP

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 JoeBucsFan.com 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.