Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith wanted rookie RB Charles Sims to be a change-of-pace back for Doug Martin. Now Sims could be destined to be put on injured reserve.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have announced that RB Charles Sims will miss 12-14 weeks as he undergoes surgery to repair an injured ankle.
Earlier in the week, Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith was praising Sims for his abilities in the rushing game and the passing game.
“(He showed) flashes too,” Smith said. “When you have a limited amount of reps, that’s about all you will see is flashes. But that’s what we’ve seen from Charles on the football field too. It’s what we saw at West Virginia — that type of play. In the open field, he can make you miss, he can catch the ball out of the backfield. So it’s a good start for him to just get some NFL action. But he should only get better. And he has a lot of potential to do some things in this league.”
Sims ran for 13 yards on 6 carries against the Jacksonville Jaguars in last week’s preseason game and added 3 receptions for 32 yards.
Sims spent his first three years of college at the University of Houston, recording 37 TDs and over 4,000 yards of offense before transferring to West Virginia in 2013 and adding another 14 TDs and nearly 1,500 yards from scrimmage. He averaged 5.9 yards/carry on 592 career carries.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted Sims 69th overall in the 2014 NFL draft.