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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Buccaneers Injury Update: Charles Sims not expected on the field before December


By on 8/16/2014 10:30:00 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers fairly surprisingly used a third-round pick in May's draft (69th overall) on running back Charles Sims, but he was expected to push starter Doug Martin for snaps right out of the gate.

Any plan for Sims to make a big immediate impact was derailed by the right ankle injury he suffered during Tuesday's practice that had him in a walking boot on Thursday. The bad news continued on Friday, with the team announcing that Sims will have ankle surgery and be sidelined for 12-14 weeks. Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times confirmed that Sims had surgery on Saturday.



Under that recovery timetable, Sims could return as soon as Week 10 (Nov. 9) against the Atlanta Falcons, but it's also possible he will miss the entire season if he has any setbacks at all. The Tampa Bay Times has suggested Sims is unlikely to be available before Week 13, which is just off the 12-14 week timetable and would be one of a few worst-case scenarios that include Sims missing his entire rookie season.

The Buccaneers do have a lot of running back depth, with Bobby Rainey and Mike James now the top two options behind Martin. Jeff Demps could have a better chance to stick on the 53-man roster now, but that seems likely to depend on what the team chooses to do with Sims. He could simply be placed on season-ending injured reserve, or if there's any chance he can play this season it would make sense for him to be placed on injured reserve/designated to return.




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