Bucs’ Nicks has surgery for MRSA infection

Updated: October 16, 2013, 3:23 PM ET

Pat Yasinskas | ESPN.com

TAMPA, Fla. — Buccaneers guard Carl Nicks had surgery Tuesday night in the latest attempt to rid him of an MRSA infection in his foot.

Coach Greg Schiano said the surgery came after Nicks got a second opinion by an out-of-town doctor. Schiano said he didn’t have a timetable in place for Nicks to return.

Nicks, who first was diagnosed with MRSA in the preseason, missed the first two games of the season but returned to play in the third and fourth games.

Last week, Nicks was diagnosed with a recurrence of the infection, which is resistant to some types of antibiotics.

Nicks is among three members of the Buccaneers to be diagnosed with MRSA. Kicker Lawrence Tynes was diagnosed in the preseason and is sitting out the season. Rookie cornerback Johnthan Banks was diagnosed last week, but he played in Sunday’s loss to Philadelphia.

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