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Bucs' Carl Nicks stays patient on long road back



The Bucs believe they have an elite offensive line, but left guard Carl Nicks is a major part of that.

And Nicks, for now, is not truly a part of the unit as he’s still working his way back from toe surgery last season. He’s participating only on a limited basis in practices, at the direction of the team, but Nicks vows not to miss any regular-season action.

“I’ll be ready. I’ll definitely be ready,” he said. “I don’t know if I’ll play in any preseason games, but I’ll be ready.”

But waiting is not something Nicks enjoys. With his teammates in pads Saturday at Raymond James Stadium, Nicks was mostly a spectator.

“It’s real hard, especially when you see these guys put the pads on for the first time,” he said. “But it’s part of the game. You have to take care of your body and stay rested. So I’m trying to do that. I’ve never had a (serious) injury. So it’s new to me.”

Nicks missed the final 11 games of last season, the first time he’s missed games in his career.

[Last modified: Saturday, July 27, 2013 11:55pm]


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