The MRSA infection that sidelined Tampa Bay Buccaneers left guard Carl Nicks for the first two weeks of the season is back and threatening to take another chunk out of the Pro Bowler's career.

The Bucs learned Thursday that Nicks is suffering from what they said is a reoccurrence of the potentially lethal staph infection that developed on the outside of his left foot after a blister formed there during the preseason.

“This is a reoccurrence for Carl Nicks of the MRSA in the same place same location'' Bucs general manager Mark Dominik said. “From everything we've been told this does happen. It's why MRSA is a bacteria that's hard to treat.

“I would tell you that in talking to the infections disease specialist that has been treating Carl and working with us and other professionals he also confirms and believes strongly that this is the same infection.''

MRSA is caused by a strain of staph bacteria that has become resistant to the antibiotics commonly used to treat ordinary staph infections and it has been plaguing the Bucs since the middle of the preseason.

That's when Nicks and kicker Lawrence Tynes were diagnosed with MRSA infections within days of each other. Nicks recovered relatively quickly from his first bout but Tynes hasn't been as fortunate.

The 10-year veteran who came to the Bucs as a free agent late in the offseason has been lost for the season and continues to recover at home where he has been receiving intravenous antibiotic treatments for the past six weeks.

The Bucs agreed to pay Tynes his $840000 salary for this year but their decision to place him on the Non-Football Injury list sparked a grievance which was filed against the team last week by the NFL Players Association on Tynes' behalf.