Josh Freeman

And Another One Gone

October 31, 2012 at 11:53am by Scott   •  9 Comments »

That's a lot of weight to be putting on a bad toe.

Remember how I said that Doug Martin did most of his running on the left side last week? Well, look for that to change since Carl Nicks has gone on IR because of a toe injury.

Nicks was placed on injured reserve Tuesday with a lingering toe injury requiring surgery. The Bucs said the plantar plate in Nicks’ left foot is torn. The plantar plate, near the ball of the foot, holds the toe joints together and lets toes bend.

“Toe injury” always sounds minor and everyone groans when they hear it. But before you go calling Nicks a pussy (and if you do, I’ll definitely visit you in the hospital), listen to how Ronde Barber described the injury.

“It’s been unbelievable what he’s been able to play through,” Bucs safety Ronde Barber said Tuesday on his weekly radio show on 620-AM. “It’s about the size of two golf balls.”

Which just sounds awful. So you’re not going to hear any disparagement of Nicks from me. But this puts the Bucs in a situation here.

I suppose the logical thing to do is just plug Ted Larsen in at left guard and move on with our lives. Larsen isn’t in the same league as Nicks, but there doesn’t seem to be an alternative. I suppose Larsen can play center and they can move Jeremy Zuttah to left guard, but if you remember, Zuttah isn’t that good at left guard. And if Jeremy Trueblood was going to be any good at it, he’d already be playing right guard. The other alternatives are Cody Wallace and someone named Roger Allen who I had never heard of until just this second. He’s a third-year player out of Western Missouri State, the school known nationwide as Left Guard U! So that’s it. They simply don’t have anyone else. I’m guessing Larsen starts at left guard on Sunday.

This is a huge blow. The Bucs are now without their two Pro Bowl guards. The running game will suffer but hopefully the strides Martin has made in the recent weeks can make up for it some.

9 Comments to “And Another One Gone”


HAGEN205 (October 31, 2012 at 03:07pm:

not to be too negative but i think thats our season we lost 2 pro bowl offensive linemen
eric right-talib-and all of our defensive linemen we must beat the raiders to stay in contetion we should still be able to do that but we will not beat the chargers or atlanta with this injury prone team =[


avanderlay (October 31, 2012 at 04:23pm:

Larsen IS technically in the same league as Nicks. How’s that for optimism?


BaldBuc4055 (October 31, 2012 at 04:54pm:

I feel bad for Nicks, but it sucks how a guy that big and athletic gets shelved by something as small his toes. The irony has not been lost. From everything I’ve read on Twitter from people that are around the team on a daily basis, it sounds amazing that he was able to play on it this long. Apparently his toes looked absolutely disgusting. Next man up.


BaldBuc4055 (October 31, 2012 at 08:41pm:

*As small as his toes. Had to correct my grammar.


jampersands (November 01, 2012 at 12:32am:

I think if we can beat Oakland we can beat San Diego, and Carolina too. But beyond that, I think the only team left on the schedule we’d have a chance against is the Rams. So four more wins puts us at 7-9, about what we all predicted.

If our O-line we still intact, I think we’d have a much better shot to turn that into 9-7.

What does it say for Mark Dominik that 2/3 of his big free agents will be missing large portions of the season?

Mark S

Mark S (November 01, 2012 at 10:08am:

This is a horrible break for a team that was coming together on offense. I am hopeful that Trueblood can step in. He certainly has incentive. He is in a contract year, his current contract was reduced and he was demoted. This is his chance to prove himself. I look for the naysayers to come out yet again on Josh as he will experience difficulties due to poorer pass protection.


avanderlay (November 01, 2012 at 04:42pm:

Talib traded to Patriots for some of Belichek’s navel lint


JV (November 01, 2012 at 07:30pm:

@jampersands. I think the final ATL game could be a win. They’ll be sitting starters by then. That said, it appears the Bucs are looking to the future, consider the Talib trade, and that’s fine. I think we’d have all been happy with 7 or 8 wins when we were looking foward during the off season.

Mark S

Mark S (November 02, 2012 at 07:51am:

I agree JV, the best I was hoping for was an 8-8 season with a strong finish. For some reason at other fan sites, there is so much negativity over the close losses. They whine tht Josh wasn’t Peyton Manning out-of-the-gate. That is why I hold the fans of this site in high esteem. Scott attracts people who understand the game. The intelligence of the people at this site is above the highest intelligence at most other sites.

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