Bucs RB Charles Sims was viewed as the backup to Doug Martin, now they’ll have to move on without him for the first half of the season.
The Buccaneers will be without 3rd-round draft pick Charles Sims for at least the first half of the 2014 season.
According to Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune, the Bucs have placed Sims on injured reserve/designated for return, which will allow him to come back from his ankle surgery at some point after Week Eight this season.
Sims impressed coaches in training camp and looked to be a suitable backup for starting RB Doug Martin. However, Sims suffered an ankle injury in mid-August and was projected to need 12 to 14 weeks of recovery from the ankle surgery.
As a Senior RB at West Virginia University, Sims ran for 1,095 yards and 11 TDs, adding another 401 receiving yards and 3 receiving TDs. In his college career (including three prior years with the Houston Cougars) Sims had over 5,500 yards from scrimmage, 51 TDs, a 5.9 yards/carry average