Fact: Last month, Lovie Smith said Carl Nicks passed his physical and is expected to be healthy and ready for training camp, (first practice in 18 days!)
Fact: Carl Nicks said he expects to be ready, too.
Given Tampa Bay’s questionable stable of guards, Jamon Meredith, Oneil Cousins, Patrick Omameh and rookies Kadeem Edwards and Kevin Pamphile, one could assume the Bucs are actually banking on Nicks’ return to the lineup after MRSA-related foot surgery cut short his 2013 season after just two starts. Heck, the Bucs still have a pile of 2014 salary cap room they could have used on a guard yet didn’t.
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