Carl Nicks returns to practice, hopes to play Sunday
Bucs left guard Carl Nicks returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since being diagnosed with the serious staph infection, MRSA, in August.
Nicks said he's relieved to be now "M-R-S-A free," and though he was limited in Wednesday's practice, hopes he can play Sunday against the Saints.
"I'm going to do everything in my power to play (Sunday)," Nicks said.
The biggest thing will be conditioning. Nicks said he wasn't allowed to do much since he was diagnosed with the infection, which was on a blister on the side of his foot.
"You can run sprints until you're blue in the face, but you're not going to get into football shape with anything except football," Nicks said.
Kicker Lawrence Tynes also was diagnosed with a MRSA infection around the same time as Nicks. He has been placed on the non-football injured reserve list.
"I can't speak for him, but I'm happy it's overwith, and I don't have it anymore, and I'm happy I can get back to football," Nicks said. "And not just worry about M-R-S-A."
Nicks said it was "horrible" to have to watch the Bucs 18-17 loss Sunday from afar, and the slow recovery process was tough to take.
"It's frustrating but at the same time you cant mess around with MRSA, so I'm going to do exactly what they tell me to do. I know they have my best interest at heart, so I'm just giong to follow directions."