Big blow for Bucs: All-Pro Carl Nicks out for season
The Bucs sustained another major injury blow today when All-Pro guard Carl Nicks was placed on season-ending injured reserve.
Nicks had been dealing with a toe injury that had severely limited his ability to practice in recent weeks but had not kept him out of any game action. He said in recent weeks that he anticipated the injury lingering through the season, but it wasn’t thought to be season-ending until now.
It’s likely Nicks’ injury worsened in the team’s win at Minnesota Thursday night, in which he played well. According to the Bucs, Nicks needs surgery to repair a torn plantar plate in his left toe.
The Bucs have seen a projected stout offensive line fall apart. Davin Joseph, the team’s longtime starter at right guard and a two-time Pro Bowl selection, was lost for the season with a knee injury in a preseason game. Then, right tackle Jeremy Trueblood’s underperformance caused a lineup change, the Bucs replacing him with Demar Dotson.
Nicks was a member of the team’s celebrated class of free agents this offseason, signing a 5-year, $47.5 million contract in March.
Also today, the Bucs placed rookie tight end Danny Noble on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. They also promoted guard Roger Allen from the practice squad to the active roster to provide depth on the offensive line.
As for replacing Nicks, the Bucs will have to consider their options. Ted Larsen, the recently-benched right guard, is an option, as is Jeremy Trueblood – who the Bucs also considered as an option to replace Larsen. The Bucs could also consider Cody Wallace, one of their backup interior linemen.
Something else to think about: The NFL's trade deadline is approaching on Thursday and a veteran offensive lineman might be available via a deal with another club.