Bucs' Nicks still limited by lingering foot injury
TAMPA -- Three days before the Bucs' home game against Philadelphia, starting guard Carl Nicks remains limited a lingering foot injury, though coach Greg Schiano said he still could play Sunday afternoon.
"It's his foot," Schiano said after Wednesday's practice, where Nicks was not seen during the initial half-hour open to reporters. "I'm going to kind of leave it at that, keep it vague on purpose."
Nicks missed the final nine games of last season with a toe injury on his left foot, then sat out the preseason and the first two games with a MRSA staph infection in his left foot. Asked if the current setback could be infection-related, Schiano declined to answer.
"We're examining everything," Schiano said. "It started to bother him. He tells our trainers and we look into it. Now we're doing all the tests you can do to make sure, MRIs and everything."
Receiver Mike Williams (hamstring) was not seen in the first half-hour of practice after being listed as "limited" in Wednesday's workout. Safety Dashon Goldson was also limited Wednesday, but was out participating Thursday. There continues to be encouraging progress for tight end Tom Crabtree, who is hopeful of making his season debut Sunday as he recovers from a high ankle sprain.