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Carl Nicks a no-go for this week’s mandatory minicamp

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TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 21: Carl Nicks #77 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrates a touchdown during a game against the New Orleans Saints at Raymond James Stadium on October 21, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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The Buccaneers are holding out hope that Carl Nicks might still be able to return at some point, but that point won’t be this week.

According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Nicks won’t be participating in this week’s mandatory minicamp, though he will be in attendance.

The hope remains that he’ll be ready for training camp, but since that’s six weeks away, it’s hard to be optimistic.

After signing a five-year, $47.5 million deal in 2012, Nicks has played just nine games with the Bucs. A toe injury and subsequent infection (and nerve damage) has caused his future to be very much in doubt, and they’ll have to keep waiting to see if or when he’ll return.