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Bucs hot reads: Nicks makes most of time

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Published:   |   Updated: October 8, 2013 at 06:33 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers LG Carl Nicks missed the first two weeks of the season recovering from a staph infection on his left toe, so he wasn’t as in need of the break the bye week offered as his teammates. Consequently, Nicks spent most of his down time the past few days working.

“I used the time to kind of catch up on my condition and to get my head back into the playbook,’’ Nicks said. “I missed two weeks, so I felt like I had my bye. So, this was a time for me to catch up a little bit.’’

By the numbers

The Josh Freeman era came to a crashing end late Sunday when Freeman, fresh off his release from the Buccaneers on Thursday, signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Minnesota Vikings. In at least one way, though, it was a slow, painful jog to the finish line.

In his last 10 games as the Bucs’ starting quarterback, Freeman posted a 2-8 record, a 51.2 completion percentage and a 60.4 passer rating.

Did you know?

Through four games, Bucs DT Gerald McCoy has been one of the league’s top pass rushing tackles with 19 combined quarterback sacks (two), hits (four) and hurries (13).

According to figures produced by ProFootballFocus, only Cincinnati’s Geno Atkins (20) and Detroit’s Ndamukong Suh (29) have more, and both have played one more game than McCoy.

Quote of the day

“This is a 16-round fight and we may be down on the card a little bit right now, but there’s a lot of fight left.’’

— Bucs coach Greg Schiano, on the team’s 0-4 start to a 16-game season

Injury report

The Bucs were not required to release an official injury report on Monday, but Schiano said TE Tom Crabtree (ankle), DT Derek Landri (knee), CB Mike Adams (knee) and S Mark Barron (hamstring) all participated in some fashion during Monday’s workout.

Upcoming schedule

Sunday: Philadelphia, 1 p.m.

Oct. 20: at Atlanta, 1 p.m.

Oct. 24: Carolina, 8:25 p.m.

Nov. 3: at Seattle, 4:05 p.m.

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