Uncertain future for Carl Nicks?

December, 23, 2013
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TAMPA, Fla. -- There’s a report out about Tampa Bay guard Carl Nicks that could be troubling.

Mike Garafolo reports that Nicks might be dealing with nerve damage in his foot. The report also states that the MRSA staph infection Nicks had earlier this year is not causing the current symptoms.

During the summer, Nicks said he might have to play through pain in his toe for the rest of his career. Nicks has appeared in only two games this season.

When healthy, Nicks is one of the most dominant guards in the league. But it remains to be seen if he ever can get back to full strength.

The Bucs better hope Nicks can return to the playing field because $6 million of his salary for 2014 is guaranteed against injury.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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