The Tampa Bay Buccaneers has a diseased season last year and that was the case both figuratively and literally. While the toxic situation with their head coach was a notable story, so too was the fact that the locker room itself was literally toxic thanks to it being infected with the deadly MRSA virus.
More than a few players were affected by the MRSA outbreak including Pro Bowl guard Carl Nicks. Despite signing a big contract with the Bucs in 2011, Nicks hasn’t come into his own and he can thank the MRSA outbreak for setting him back. He can also apparently thank he MRSA outbreak for permanent foot damage he will suffer from for the rest of his life.
“There’s some nerve damage. So it’s going to be pain, I’m told, for the rest of my life,” the 6-foot-5, 349-pound seventh-year pro added. “Lovie told me the other day my 80 percent is still pretty good. If I’m not 100 percent, hopefully I can get to 95 or 99.9.”
Nicks isn’t going to sue the team like kicier Lawrence Tynes likely will but then again the Bucs didn’t cut Nicks after he got infected like they did with Tynes. Still, Nicks was supposed to be the Bucs big answer on their offensive line and instead all he’s gotten is a permanently damaged foot from the Buccaneers diseased locker room.