Three Bucs LBs, including David, facing injuries
TAMPA -- Bucs coach Greg Schiano said Sunday's loss at the Rams was a "physical" game, one that left three of his five linebackers facing some level of injury leading up to the final game of the season at New Orleans.
"We have some health issues, defensively," Schiano said. "Dekoda (Watson) has a groin, Lavonte (David) has an elbow, Ka'Lial Glaud has a knee. Offensively, I think we came out of it fairly decent."
Schiano gave no indication of the extent of the injuries -- David had his right elbow iced in the locker room after Sunday's 23-13 loss, and the injuries leave only two healthy linebackers: starter Mason Foster and backup and special-teams captain Adam Hayward. The Bucs already have a former starter on injured reserve in Jonathan Casillas.
Bucs tight end Tim Wright had trainers attend to him on the field, but got up on his own and later returned to the game. He said Monday he suffered a bruised shin but feels fine and will be able to play Sunday against the Saints.
LARGER ISSUES: Bucs guard Carl Nicks, sidelined more than two months with a foot injury after being diagnosed with a MRSA infection, could be facing a longer absence, according to FOXsports.com.
The site reported that Nicks will see a foot specialist to see why he's still bothered by symptoms that limited him with a toe injury last year. Nicks "might be dealing with nerve damage that has affected the strength and sensation in his foot," the site reported. Nicks has not been placed on injured reserve, even though he hasn't practiced with the team since mid-October.
The Bucs declined to put another player limited by a MRSA infection, kicker Lawrence Tynes, on injured reserve, placing him on the non-football injury list instead, prompting a grievance from Tynes.