When Woody Cummings of the Tampa Tribune spied Bucs guard Carl Nicks walking into One Buc Palace on reporting day to start training camp with his injured toe “heavily bandaged” it sent up red flags and had Bucs fans scrambling to the liquor cabinet.

Well it seems Bucs fans had good reason to drink. And the following news likely will have Bucs fans doing shots this afternoon and not in a celebratory mode.

Carl Nicks is hurt. His toe as Bucs coach Greg Schiano suggested early in training camp is not completely healed and Nicks will have to fight through the injury all season provided he can make it through the whole season.

In fact Nicks told Joe and the assembled Tampa Bay pen and mic club that this injury will be with him for the rest of his days.

“I will have to deal with it my whole life” Nicks said. “Honestly it is not 100 percent yet. I plan on playing some this next preseason game and obviously the third one. We will see how it goes.”

Nicks has played sparsely in training camp in seven-on-seven drills and scrimmages because of his toe. Nicks noted what Schiano had said is correct; It’s something that he will have to play through in order to stay on the field for the Bucs this season.

“I have all the confidence in the world I will be back to playing” Nicks said. “I will just have to deal with it my whole life. I would lie if I told you it didn’t affect me at all. It affects the way I walk the way I stand around. I have to stand a certain kind of way. It is something I just have to deal with. I don’t want to get into taking painkillers and not knowing if it is hurting.”