Carl Nicks expects to play Sunday

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers haven’t had much positive news lately, but here’s some.

Guard Carl Nicks said Friday that he expects to play in Sunday’s game at New England.

“If nothing new happens, no setbacks, then I think I’m good to go,’’ Nicks said.

Nicks hasn’t played since the middle of last season when he suffered a foot injury. He was on his way back in training camp, but came down with a MRSA staph infection that kept him sidelined for the first two games.

If Nicks does play, it will mark the first time that he and fellow guard Davin Joseph, who missed last season with a knee injury, will be on the field at the same time.