By Kyra Hallett
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are placing two more offensive players on the injured reserve list. Pro Bowl Guard Carl Nicks has been suffering from a toe injury since the first week. His toes got jammed in the game versus the Carolina Panthers in Week One. Nicks will require surgery to repair a torn plantar plate in his left toe. He has been playing through the pain, not missing a game all season, but it seems that it has gone too far. The Bucs signed Nicks as an unrestricted free agent to a five-year, $47.5 million contract in March. The team promoted third-year guard Roger Allen from the practice squad to replace Nicks.
The Bucs already lost their other starting guard, Davin Joseph, earlier in the season and will now be short another play at that position. Nicks has been a big part of the successful running game, and in protecting quarterback Josh Freeman. The Bucs offensive line has given up 5th fewest sacks in the league. The offense has also led the NFL in points over the last three weeks. The Bucs will have to fill in with Ted Larsen, Cody Wallace, Jamon Meredith and Jeremy Trueblood. The Bucs may look outside of the team for a replacement with the trade deadline looming, ending Thursday.
The other player heading to the IR is rookie tight end Danny Noble due to a season-ending hamstring injury. He received the injury in Minnesota Thursday night. Noble has not seen a lot of playing time, nor has done much when he did play. The team has not filled his roster spot yet.
The Bucs are also facing a third injury. There have been rumors that cornerback, Eric Wright tested positive for Adderall. The story broke Sunday from Fox Sports NFL insider, Jay Glazer. Glazer claims Wright could be facing a four game suspension like Aqib Talib for the same reason, but nothing has happened yet. The NFL nor the Bucs have spoken about the report. Wright now is dealing with an Achilles tendon ailment he suffered in the Minnesota Vikings game. Head coach Greg Schiano thinks that Wright could be all right with extra time off. E.J Biggers has already taken over Talib’s spot, so if Wright gets suspended or is injured, look for rookie Leonard Johnson to step in. Johnson had lots of playing time in Minnesota and could again in Oakland.
Super Bowl XXXVII Relived Sunday
The Bucs will be facing off against their Super Bowl XXXVII rivals, the Oakland Raiders, Sunday in Oakland. This will be the third time these two teams have met up since that Super Bowl. The only player still on the Bucs from the Super Bowl run is Ronde Barber. Barber helped put the Bucs in the Super Bowl by intercepting Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb for a 92-yard touchdown in the NFC Championship game. These two teams have changed a lot since 2003 but one thing hasn’t — Barber’s skill and passion for the game.
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Kyra Hallett is a freelance writer and a Multimedia Sports Journalist. She has experience covering Tampa Bay sports in many outlets including Examiner.com. Her dream job would be to work with the athletes and their fans. You can view some of her work at KyraHallett.com or here at Examiner.com.