Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Carl Nicks had limited participation in practice Wednesday and said he is clear of MRSA, a serious staph infection that has kept him off the field in recent weeks.
During training camp, the two-time Pro Bowl player developed a blister on his left foot that became infected. On Aug. 22, the Bucs revealed that Nicks, along with kicker Lawrence Tynes (right foot), had contracted MRSA sometime before Tampa Bay's second preseason game against the New England Patriots on Aug. 16.
The Bucs are uncertain whether Nicks will play in their Week 2 matchup against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. But his appearance at practice is an obvious sign of progress.
"What they do is they take cultures and they take blood, and it came out good," Nicks told reporters Wednesday.
Nicks said he developed the blister on the side of his affected foot due to a walking boot that rubbed his skin. He appeared in just seven games last season because he tore th...