TAMPA -- Both starting guards missed practice for the Bucs on Wednesday, as coach Greg Schiano confirmed that Carl Nicks had surgery on his foot and said he held Davin Joseph out as a precaution after a knee injury in Sunday's loss to Philadelphia.
"Carl got an opinion outside of town and they decided they were going to do surgery last night," said Schiano, referencing Nicks suffering a recurrence of a MRSA staph infection in his injured left foot two weeks ago. "They did surgery, and he's doing well. I don't have a timetable for you and I don't really anything more than that, but that's why Carl wasn't here."
Nicks had surgery performed on his foot by Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, NC Tuesday night to remove the infection. He could possibly return to action later this season but it's too early to determine his status.
Nicks was diagnosed with MRSA before the season and missed the first two games of the season, returning and starting the next two games before he was diagnosed with a recurrence. Joseph's injury is not to the knee he had surgically repaired last year, and Schiano was optimistic he'd be able to return to practice soon.
"Davin, he's going to be OK, I believe," Schiano said. "He just got hit in the game. We thought he'd be able to practice today. He didn't quite feel right, so we held him out. Hopefully he can practice now."
With he and Nicks out, the Bucs had center Jeremy Zuttah back at left guard and backup Gabe Carimi working as the starting right guard, with Ted Larsen, who started at guard Sunday, working at center.
"Just trying different combinations," Schiano said, downplaying the lineup, which had Zuttah and Larsen back in the spots they finished last season playing. "We'll figure it out by the end of the week what's the best combination."