By Max Luckan
Everyone knows that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been one of the most injury-plagued teams in the entire NFL this season.
Some of the injuries, such as the ones to guard Carl Nicks and kicker Lawrence Tynes, have been highly publicized due to the MRSA scare at the team’s facilities. Nicks has certainly been missed on the Bucs offensive line, which has struggled in his absence. Before head coach Greg Schiano officially ruled Nicks out for the rest of the season, there was a small chance that he could return this season.
Nicks’ future with Bucs in doubt
But on Monday, Fox Sports reported that Nicks’ injury is much more serious than originally thought and could potentially be career-threatening. Nicks, according to the report, has been experiencing symptoms recently similar to the ones he experienced last season when he ended the year on injured reserve because of a toe injury.
Furthermore, Nicks has been seeing multiple doctors and plans to see a foot specialist soon in order to get a clearer picture of the extent of his injury and whether or not he can resume his career in the NFL, according to the report. However, the report stated that Nicks’ current symptoms are not related to the MRSA infection he suffered earlier this season.
To add to the report, sources close to Nicks have said that the Pro Bowl guard is not too optimistic about his foot problem simply because of how long he has been dealing with the injury. One source reiterated that Nicks is well aware that the injury will likely bother him for the rest of his life, but the source also said that Nicks has mentioned the injury is much more painful than people think.
All in all, Nicks’ visit to a foot specialist should provide some more answers, but the Bucs are certainly concerned about his future with the franchise.
Glennon has one more shot to impress
Bucs rookie quarterback Mike Glennon has certainly looked like a franchise quarterback at some points in his rookie season. However, he was looked like the next Josh Freeman at other times.
Not all of his poor play falls on him, though, because the Bucs offensive line has struggled mightily. Against the St. Louis Rams last week, Glennon was sacked an astonishing seven times. This quite clearly shows that Glennon simply has not had enough time to operate.
Schiano has noticed this as well, but the problem for the Bucs is that the head coach has to somehow evaluate Glennon’s play in this final game against the New Orleans Saints so he can see if Glennon is, in fact, the long-term answer at quarterback. At this point, however, the jury is still out on Glennon, but a tough task against a top defense in the NFL should provide some clarity.
Schiano, Dominik fighting for their jobs
General manager Mark Dominik has been silent for a long time now, but he is almost certainly worried about his job security. Schiano has been asked if he’s worried about his job, but he has brushed off those questions, saying he’s not worried.
Translation: he’s worried.
Even if the Bucs win this Week 17 matchup with the Saints somehow, that might not be enough in the end. A win this week would give the Bucs a 4-12 record on the season, a record that is not acceptable to the team’s owners.
People keep forgetting that the Glazers are not afraid to make big moves, but generally, it takes them a while to make decisions. So win or lose this week, don’t expect an answer about the future of Schiano and Dominik to come anytime soon.
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Max Luckan lives in Tampa, FL and is a sports writer covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and NFL. Luckan has been covering the Buccaneers for a few years now. Max is a freelance writer covering all things NFL. His work can be found on Examiner.com.