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Bucs guard Nicks eager to make season debut



Bucs guard Carl Nicks, sidelined from the team's first two games as he recovers from a toe injury and a MRSA infection, said he's hopeful he'll have a chance to make his season debut when the Bucs play Sunday at New England.

"I wanted to play two weeks ago. We'll see how it goes," Nicks said after practicing Wednesday afternoon. "If I had it my way, I'd play in Week 1, but obviously I wasn't ready. When I say 'We'll see,' it's if I get the OK from the big guys upstairs."

Nicks said his toe feels good, but it has been difficult watching the first two losses from the sidelines, wishin he could do more to help his teammates.

"You get out there, you kind of see your team struggle, you know you could have done something to help, it's frustrating," he said. "If I get back out there this week, I should be able to (help)."

The Bucs have gotten 209 rushing yards from second-year back Doug Martin, but he's never been able to run behind a line with both of the Bucs' top guards in Nicks and Davin Joseph, who missed all of last season with a knee injury but is now back in the lineup. Nicks, a huge presence at 6-foot-5 and 349 pounds, said he's enjoyed going up against Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, who is 6-2 and 325.

INJURY UPDATE: Schiano said backup defensive tackle Derek Landri will be sidelined "a few weeks" with an injury to the MCL in his left knee. The Bucs didn't have an inactive DT against the Saints, so in his absence, they could use rookie DE William Gholston, who has good size at 6-6, 281 pounds.

The team's first injury report of the week showed six players limited in practice: LB Mason Foster (toe), Nicks (foot), DE Adrian Clayborn (hip), TE Luke Stocker (hip), TE Tom Crabtree (ankle) and CB Rashaan Melvin (hamstring). CB Mike Adams (knee) and OL Gabe Carimi (illness) were held out.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 4:38pm]


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