Bucs need to shut down Carl Nicks


TAMPA, Fla. -- For the first time in a long time, Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano was asked Wednesday for an update on the health status of guard Carl Nicks.

But the coach didn’t have much to offer. Nicks first came down with a MRSA staph infection in the preseason. He returned to play in Weeks 3 and 4, but a recurrence of the MRSA has sidelined him since then.

“We’re in constant contact with Carl,’’ Schiano said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen. I’d be guessing. There are only four games left so I think pretty soon we’ll know something. He hasn’t played for a while either. As time goes on, we’ve got to figure the thing out.’’

I don’t think the answer is all that complicated and it’s evident what the Bucs should do. They’re not going to the playoffs this season. The Bucs simply need to go ahead and put Nicks on injured reserve. Even if he was ready to play, there’s really no reason to bring back Nicks for the final four games of a lost season.

When he’s healthy, Nicks is considered one of the best guards in the league. The prudent thing for the Bucs to do would be to shut Nicks down for the rest of this season and let him focus on getting back to full health for next season.