|08-17-2013, 03:57 PM||#1|
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Buccaneers Sitting OG Carl Nicks Vs Patriots Was Only Precautionary
Buccaneers LG Carl Nicks came to New England this week planning to make his 2013 preseason debut during the exhibition game against the Patriots on Friday night at Gillette Stadium.
That didn’t happen.
About 90 minutes before kickoff, the Bucs announced they decided to scratch Nicks from the lineup, saying he had put in enough good work during joint practices against the Pats to warrant sitting out.
The Bucs stressed the decision was not the result of any kind of setback for Nicks, who is still recovering from the plantar tissue tear in his left big toe that ended his 2012 season after seven games.
“It’s no big setback or anything,’’ Bucs coach Greg Schiano said. “We just feel like it’s better that we get him better for next week to play a considerable amount of time.
“He got some really good work up here during the week, so we feel like he’s gotten enough already for this time in his recovery and return. We feel good about that.’’
Nicks, a two-time Pro Bowler, has said that he will have to deal with the remnants of the injury for the rest of his life, but he has also vowed to play through the pain on game days.
Source: Tampa Tribune
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