The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have received devastating news. For the second time this season, the Buccaneers have lost one of their interior offensive lineman to the season-ending injured reserve list. The news came via Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune.
Pro Bowl guard Carl Nicks has seen his season come to an end with a toe injury. The team lost Davin Joseph to a torn patellar tendon earlier in the season.
Nicks will require surgery to repair a torn plantar plate in his left toe. It is an injury that has plagued the two-time Pro Bowler all season long.
Nicks was one of the team’s biggest free agent acquisitions this season. Tampa Bay opened up their checkbook for Nicks and gave his a huge five-year contract worth $47.5 million. His deal included $31 million in guarantees. He will now collect the rest of his money from the sidelines.
The Tampa Bay offensive line had been playing well throughout October and had the most yards and points per game in the league this month. They will now have to attempt to keep up their hot streak without their top offensive lineman.
It is not the way the Buccaneers imagined the season ending for their big name, free agent acquisition. It’s back to the drawing board for the Buccaneers and the significant loss will test their depth along the offensive line.