TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Carl Nicks' status is uncertain for Sunday.
Bucs coach Greg Schiano said it's unknown whether the two-time Pro Bowl player will appear in Tampa Bay's season opener against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Nicks, who only played in seven games last season because he tore the plantar plate in his left foot, is recovering from an infected blister on the side of the same foot.
The Bucs revealed Aug. 22 that Nicks and veteran kicker Lawrence Tynes were being treated for MRSA, a serious staph infection resistant to some antibiotics.
"Too early to tell," Schiano said of Nicks. "We have guys on our roster, and we will choose one of them. They all can play guard. So one of them will end up being the starting guard if Carl can't play."
Nicks appeared to be making progress with the plantar-plate issue before contracting MRSA. The two-time All-Pro planned to play in the Bucs' second preseason game against the New England Patriots on Aug. 16 at ...