TAMPA – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed a defensive backup on the season-ending injured reserve list Tuesday, and an offensive starter might be headed for the same designation.
While the Bucs were placing rookie reserve cornerback Rashaan Melvin on IR, starting left guard Carl Nicks was being evaluated for a MRSA infection that might require surgery to eliminate.
Nicks was diagnosed last week with a recurrence of a MRSA infection he first contracted in August. An internet report citing unnamed “league sources” said Nicks was having surgery to correct the problem Tuesday.
The Bucs would not confirm the report, saying only that plans called for Nicks to be evaluated on Tuesday. Nicks has missed three games because of the infection.
Melvin, an undrafted rookie out of Northern Illinois, made the 53-man roster out of training camp but a hamstring injury he aggravated last week forced him to miss the team's first five games.
Melvin is the eighth Bucs player and third corner to land on injured reserve this year. However, cornerback Danny Gorrer got the Bucs' one “designated for return” tag and is eligible to come back after the eighth game.