"You talk about a tough, dedicated guy. This guy played through a ton of pain, and it just got to the point where he couldn't play anymore. There were some more tests done. Before that, it was painful. But now it's not safe, and we need to get it fixed," said Schiano.
Nicks has been one of the Buccaneer's bright spots this season. With him anchoring the line, the Buccaneers have the fifth fewest sacks in the NFl while ranking ninth in points per game. The All-Pro player was a costly sign for the team in the offseason- $47.5 million over a five year contract.
The left guard's absence puts a void in the offensive line, which lost two-time Pro-Bowl RG Davin Joseph in the preseason with a season ending knee injury. The best option in replacing Nicks is Ted Larsen, who had been recently benched. Larsen made 14 starts at left guard for the Buccaneers in the past two years, and is hard worker, but may not be best suited for that position.
Schiano says they are going to stick with the game plan, taking out plays that specifically have Nicks involved. "It's a tough loss. That's an understatement when you face a guy of Carl's stature and ability that he brings to the field each week. But nobody is going to feel sorry for us. That's the game."
"You cannot stand there and... actually say that losing Carl is not going to hurt you. He's the best guard in the league," LT Donald Penn said. "We have to step up. The next person has to step up, whoever it's going to be. That's how I got my start. That's how a lot of people got their start in this league."
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