Nicks says he'll be ready for a modified schedule by t-camp
Having missed all the Bucs' Organized Team Activities because 'they're not mandatory,' injured guard Carl Nicks was a spectator at the first minicamp practice Tuesday but said he will be ready for training camp in six weeks on a modified schedule.
“God, I hope so. I mean, honestly I think I’ll be ready to play,'' Nicks said. "It’s just the waiting game and trying to get back out there.''
Nicks has not played football of any kind since his recurrence of a MRSA infection following surgery on his left foot limited him to playing in only two games last season. He said he has been restricted to working out on elliptical machines and hopes to do some light jogging soon. He has played in only nine games since signing a five-year, $47.5-million contract as a Saints free agent in 2012.
“I’m not frustrated,'' Nicks said. "If it was Week 1 and I was in the same position I’m in, I’d be frustrated. But training camp hasn’t even started, so I’m good...I think I’ll have a modified schedule, but I think I’ll be able to play football. That’s what I’m trying to do.''
Nicks said he spent the off-season fishing and undergoing rehabilitation on his foot, which suffered nerve damage as a result of the multiple surgeries.
“Over the next six weeks, I’ll be here training, rehabbing while everybody else is on vacation since I didn’t go to OTAs, like you guys pointed out,'' Nicks said. "And I’ll just try to get all these mental reps and basically getting ready to play.''
What did Nicks do during his time away from One Buc Place?
“Fishing, some rehabbing, fishing,'' Nicks said. "I just had a daughter, Jordan. She’s just about two weeks old. I had my hands full with that. I’m just trying to get back.''