FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- Tampa Bay offensive guard Carl Nicks expects to play in his first game in 10 months when the Buccaneers face the New England Patriots in an exhibition game Friday night.
While Bucs coach Greg Schiano wouldn't commit to using Nicks, who is recovering from a left toe injury, the 2011 All-Pro said Thursday, "I think that's the plan now, unless something changes."
Nicks last played Oct. 25 but took part in the three days of joint practices with the Patriots that ended with a walk-through Thursday.
Schiano thought Nicks would play but wanted to wait before making a final decision.
"I just want to play it by ear, see how he feels," Schiano said. "Right now, it isn't what I'm concerned with. Although I want to get him work if he can, I'm not going to be overly cautious, but, at the same time, I don't want to be silly."
Nicks played all 64 games with the New Orleans Saints after they drafted him in the fifth round out of Nebraska in 2009. But he was limited to...