Nicks along with former Bucs kicker Lawrence Tynes suffered MRSA staph infections during the preseason which eventually lead to Tynes being released and Nicks missing the first two games of the regular season. Nicks was able to return though has not looked like himself, clearly still not recovered from the serious medical issue.
That quite possibly could be due to the fact that Nicks reportedly has suffered a recurrence of the potentially deadly infection in recent days.
Per Fox Sports’ Mike Garafolo:
@FOXSports1: Cultures taken from Buccaneers G Carl Nicks are once again showing MRSA in his foot. Believed to be a reoccurrence.
Clearly, not good news at all.
Gabe Carimi will get the start at left guard assuming Nicks is unable to go, which at this point seems extremely likely.
You may recall former NBA star Grant Hill suffered from a MRSA staph infection which required a ten day hospital stay and six months of antibiotics.