Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Carl Nicks underwent surgery to treat the MRSA staph infection in his foot that caused him to miss last Sunday’s contest with the Eagles. The Bucs broke the news on Twitter via Scott Smith, senior writer for the team.
G Carl Nicks had surgery on his foot last night. No timetable for his return yet.
— Scott Smith (@ScottSBucs) October 16, 2013
This is just the latest in the ongoing Tampa Bay MRSA saga. Last week, it was revealed Nicks experienced a recurrence of the MRSA that initially plagued him in training camp. Around the same time, kicker Lawrence Tynes was also lost to the infection. A third member of the team to contract MRSA, believed to be cornerback Johnthn Banks, was surprisingly able to play against the Eagles Sunday.
There’s no timetable yet for Nicks’ return and it would nearly impossible to gauge in a situation like this. He has already suffered a recurrence of MRSA and any more setbacks after this surgery could keep him out for a long while. The Bucs will have to move forward without Nicks in the fold for the foreseeable future. Patrick Omameh is likely to become the starting left guard in the interim.