Just when things were starting to look up for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense, yet another setback happened today as they announced that pro bowl guard Carl Nicks will be sent to the injured reserve. Nicks joins fellow guard and all-pro Davin Joseph on the injured reserve list. Along with Nicks, reserve tight end Danny Nobel was sent to the injured reserve with a hamstring injury.
Nicks has had a problem with his toe all season which has caused him to miss practice regularly, but never had a setback come game time. This news is somewhat shocking as no new information was released on it, and the Buccaneers had the extra-long break coming off of the Thursday night game.
This is a crushing blow to the Buccaneer offense that led the NFL in the month of October. Nicks helped pave the way on the left side, and where most of Doug Martin’s big plays were ran at. You can’t replace a guy like Nicks as the New Orleans Saints are seeing.
The offensive line was just really starting to come together this past week, so it’s going to be interesting to see who takes over his place. Ted Larsen struggled at right guard, but played left guard during the 2010 season. He figures to be the first in line to get a shot at the starting job.
Another option for the left guard will be Jeremy Trueblood. He started week one at right tackle, but since has been replaced by Demar Dotson, who has helped the Buccaneers have one of the better offensive lines in the league. During the bye week they experimented with Trueblood at right guard, so putting him at guard isn’t out of the question.
Coach Greg Schiano has always talked about getting the best twenty two players on the field for each play. This is a huge blow to a team that appeared to be turning it around, but as coach Schiano would say, “Next man up.”