BY: John Mamola /

According to a report by FOX Sports NFL insider Mike Garafolo, multiple sources are stating that Tampa Bay Buccaneers pro bowl guard Carl Nicks has seen several doctors and is planning to see a foot specialist soon to determine why he is experiencing symptoms similar to those he faced last year when Nicks was placed on injured reserve with a toe injury.  This time around for Nicks however the news could be worse than just a MRSA infection that he contracted this summer.

Per Garafolo:

The source said Nicks has been told he might be dealing with nerve damage that has affected the strength and sensation in his foot. It's unclear whether the MRSA infection aggravated those symptoms, which never really went away after they shortened his 2012 season.

Sources say Nicks has received mixed messages on whether he will be able to resume his career and regain the form he displayed with the Saints that led the Bucs to give him a five-year, $47.5 million contract before last season as one of the big acquisitions to kick off the Schiano era. One source said Nicks is hoping his upcoming trip to see a specialist will provide some clarity in that regard.