Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

If MRSA keeps Nicks out, Carimi might get call

TAMPA — If starting LG Carl Nicks, battling a recurrence of a MRSA staph infection in his left foot, can't play Sunday against the Eagles, the Bucs might turn to Gabe Carimi. He is back to relative health after losing 20 pounds in a bout with mononucleosis.

Carimi started the Bucs' first two games while Nicks was sidelined by his first MRSA infection then missed the next two. Friday, he said he has gained back about 10 pounds and started to feel in playing shape in practice this week. Coach Greg Schiano said he isn't expecting a full game from Carimi but likes the progress he made during the bye week.

"I don't think he can go in there and play 70 plays right now, but I thought he practiced well this week," Schiano said. "When an O-lineman doesn't catch your eye, that's fine. But he did catch my eye, doing some good things. He's going to be able to play for sure."

Another option: The Bucs also worked backup C Ted Lar­sen at left guard during practice Friday. But Schiano stressed that was with an eye toward having flexibility Sunday.

Williams status: For the third day in a row, WR Mike Williams was not seen at practice during the 30-minute window open to reporters. He was listed as having limited participation due to a hamstring injury. Williams, designated as questionable for Sunday, played through the injury two weeks ago against Arizona.

More injuries: Others limited earlier in the week were listed as practicing fully and probable for Sunday, including S Mark Barron (hamstring), S Dashon Goldson (foot) and TE Tom Crabtree, who is expected to make his Bucs debut after sitting with a high ankle sprain.

Greg Auman can be reached at

If MRSA keeps Nicks out, Carimi might get call 10/11/13 [Last modified: Friday, October 11, 2013 9:16pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rays hoping RHP Romo can regain form, help bullpen



  2. Storm routs Cleveland


    TAMPA — Alvin Ray Jackson intercepted two passes, returning one for a touchdown, and recovered two fumbles as the Storm routed Cleveland 57-27 Saturday night in its home regular-season finale at Amalie Arena.

  3. Miscue sends Rays to another stinging loss to Rangers (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays gave away DJ Kitty onesies Saturday night. Then they gave away the game.

    Rays centerfielder Mallex Smith misses a drive hit by Adrian Beltre with two outs in the sixth, allowing the tying runs to score. Beltre puts Texas ahead 4-3 when he scores after two wild pitches.
  4. Rowdies shut out Charleston


    ST. PETERSBURG — The Rowdies know a thing or two about stalemates, with five of their past 10 games ending in a draw.

    Rowdies in the first half during the game between Tampa Bay Rowdies and the Charleston Battery at Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Saturday, Jul 22, 2017.