The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that guard Carl Nicks has a recurrence of MRSA.
After recovering from his first battle with MRSA, Nicks played two games before the bye week and said he felt fine.
In a statement Thursday, General Manager Mark Dominik said infectious disease specialists treating Nicks believe this is the same infection Nicks had before.
The Bucs are not saying how long Nicks will be unavailable to play.
Nicks is a two-time Pro Bowl selection with New Orleans who signed a five-year, $47.5 million contract with the Buccaneers prior to last season. He missed the final nine games of the 2012 campaign after undergoing surgery for a torn plantar plate in his left toe, which ultimately led to the difficult-to-treat staph infection.
Back in August, the team had their facility treated after both Nicks and another player, Lawrence Tynes, were diagnosed with MRSA.