Carl Nicks was a first-team All-Pro for New Orleans in 2011, at age 26. By age 29, after just nine more NFL games, he might be done with football because of a MRSA infection suffered last year.
Nicks was excused from Buccaneers camp for personal reasons on Thursday. By Friday the Buccaneers announced that they and the guard had agreed to part ways. Nicks suffered a toe injury as part of the MRSA infection at the Buccaneers facility last year, and never got over it.
In a statement he indicated he’ll take some time off football.
“I’d like to think the Buccaneers organization for working with me as I have attempted to get myself back on the football field,” Nicks said in a statement, via the Tampa Bay Times . “However, after careful consideration, I have made the decision to step away from the game. This was by no means an easy decision, but I believe that it was what is best for me and my family, as well as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers .”
While the wording of the statement doesn’t specifically say he’s retiring, and therefore maybe keeping the door open for a return, his health would have to cooperate. The fact that it hasn’t in about a year is why he made this decision.
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Nicks had been limited