Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Carl Nicks underwent surgery Tuesday night on the left foot after a recurrence of a MRSA infection, the team announced.
Nicks missed Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles after the serious infection was diagnosed. Details of the procedure were not known, but coach Greg Schiano said Nicks had received a second opinion before going ahead with it.
It is unknown when Nicks might be able to return to the field, Schiano said. Nicks missed the first two games of the season before returning to play in the next two games.
Nicks and Buccaneers kicker Lawrence Tynes first picked up the serious infection, which is resistant to some antibiotics, during training camp in August. Rookie cornerback Johnathan Banks was diagnosed last week but played against the Eagles.
Tynes has not rejoined the team while battling the MRSA with antibiotics. The NFL Players' Association has filed grievance against the Buccaneers on Tynes' behalf.