Carl Nicks' loss is devastating news to the Bucs.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have now lost both of their starting guards.
It was bad enough losing Davin Joseph earlier this season, but now the team has lost its beast: offensive left guard Carl Nicks.
Nicks suffered a season-ending torn plantar plate and will require surgery. He has been placed on injured reserve.
Not enough bad news?
Tight end Danny Noble is gone as well. A severe hamstring injury sent him to IR along with Nicks.
The team will bring up Roger Allen from the practice squad to take Nicks' place on the 53-man roster.
This latest string of bad news piggybacks on the possible suspension of corner Eric Wright for use of Adderall. Wright was at the team facility Monday, which supports the idea that he hasn't been suspended.
The Buccaneers were off on Tuesday, their traditional day off. They will begin installing their game plan for the Oakland Raiders on Wednesday, but they'll do it without their most valuable offensive lineman: Nicks.
There is no one listed on the Buccaneers' depth chart as a backup to Nicks. Coach Greg Schiano may be forced to insert Ted Larsen into the spot. Larsen was the starting right guard, but he was demoted and replaced at that position by Jamon Meredith, who has performed well since taking over that spot.
Allen is a third-year player from Missouri Western. He's 6'3" and 325 pounds.
Nicks was the third key starter lost this year. Joseph and defensive end Adrian Clayborn are on Injured Reserve.