Bucs G Nicks suffers setback with infected foot blister
It's third and a foot for Bucs guard Carl Nicks in the preseason.
Nicks, who had surgery on his left foot in the off-season, will miss his third exhibiltion game at Miami Saturday night due to a foot infection that developed from a blister, coach Greg Schiano said.
The blister developed during three days of practice last week against the New England Patriots. Nicks did not play in Friday night's 25-21 loss to the Patriots.
Perhaps more daunting is the fact that Schiano said Monday he did not know when Nicks would be back but called it a 'realistic possibility' that Nicks plays Sept. 8 against the Jets at MetLife Stadium.
"We had a setback with Carl,'' Schiano said. "He did a great job up there against New England, practiced almost the entire practice against New England. He developed a blister, not on his toe area, but on a different part of his foot and hence that blister got infected. Now we're treating that like we do everything. we're taking it very seriously. It's not something you mess around with but it's not your common injury, either.
"So the next question is how long will he be? I don't know that. We've got to let the medicine run its course and see if we can't get that thing straightened out. On a more positive note, (guard) Davin Joseph went all but two periods today in practice, which was certainly a big step up for him.''
Nicks tore the plantar plate in his left foot last season and played in only seven games. The blister and resulting infection is on the outside of left foot, Schiano said.
"It's a different part of his foot, it's on the outside of his foot,'' Schiano said.
"I still think that's a realistic possibility (he plays in the opener againnst the Jets). Again, it's very unpredictable when you're dealing with like something like this. It's easier when you sprain an ankle. We have timelines. Here, we'll see when the medication, how he reacts with that and how fast it clears up. Usually with these things, they got to heel. So, time.''
The blister is why Schiano announced just prior to Friday's game that Nicks would not play against the Patriots. He was expected to take 10-12 snaps in the game.
"The actual blister was giving him some discomfort and we thought, why push it? Why make it worse?'' Schiano said.
Joseph remained in Tampa last week to receive treatment on the knee he injured a year ago during the third preseason game against the Patriots.
Without Nicks and Joseph, the Bucs first team offense has been ineffective, producing only a field goal in four possessions. Quarterback Josh Freeman has been sacked four times in 14 pass attempts this preseason.
On a positive note, cornerback Darrelle Revis participated in full speed team drills for the first time Monday but was not involved in contact. Schiano said he was uncertain whether Revis would play at Miami.
"Darrelle Revis began to work in with the first defense in each period today,'' Schiano said. "Again, we limit the reps. Today was a no contact day for him, so he was in there but he didn't have contact. And again, it's another step along that progression. We'll see how he is tomorrow and we'll progress from there.''