Nicks fails to report, excused a day for personal reasons
Bucs guard Carl Nicks hasn't gone to work on a football field in about 10 months. He will have to wait at least another day.
Nicks did not report to training camp Thursday and was excused for personal reasons, coach Lovie Smith said. The absence apparently is not related to the toe injury or surgery for MRSA which has prevented Nicks from playing more than nine games in two seasons with the Bucs. Smith said he is excused only for the day.
"It doesn't concern me,'' Smith said. "It's part of training camp, part of life.
"During the course of the year, you're going to have some guys where things come up and they can't be here. What you can't do is concentrate on that a whole lot. Everything is fine. There's just too much going on with the rest of the crew. Just concentrate on the guys that are here right now.''
Two other injured players who missed off season workouts -- safeties Mark Barron and Dashon -- will be available when the team hits the practice field for the first time at 4 p.m. Friday.
"We had Carl, Dashon (Goldson), Mark (Barron) -- we had a few guys miss all the off-season, really,'' Smith said. "Two of the players, Mark Barron and Dashon Goldson, will be out on the field tomorow. Carl Nicks has been excused right now for personal reasons so we haven't seen Carl yet. I think the rest of the guys should be good to go. When players are coming back from an injury...well, first off, the first couple days you can't be in pads so we will run around in our underwear a little longer. But you know, eventually you want to see the guys out there. We'll take our time to get them back into the mix.
"That's the only one. We know where everyone is. I waited for the last guy to show up last night. Everybody checked in, got a great night's sleep and they are here today.''
The Bucs offensive line is set at left tackle with left tackle Anthony Collins, center with Evan Deitrich-Smith and right tackle with Demar Dotson. But the guard position is a work in progress.
"When a player is injured, he doesn't practice,'' Smith said. "We've got to that throughout so you just move on. It's a chance to see other guys. It's always about who's there and who's available to work out. Carl missed all of the off-season. Dashon missed all of the off-season. We got players a lot better.''