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Charles Sims’ rookie season gets derailed

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Last year, injuries ravaged the Buccaneers’ running back depth chart.  This year, it’s already happened with one of the position’s best new pieces.

Per multiple reports, the team has announced that rookie Charles Sims will undergo ankle surgery and miss 12-14 weeks.  The injury occurred on Tuesday, and the surgery will happen on Friday.

“I think you can tell, especially at skill positions, does a guy have it?” coach Lovie Smith recently said about the former West Virginia tailback.  “Charles Sims, I would say, has it.  He hasn’t played a game and right now we’re not live an awful lot.  But you can see enough in him to like his future with us.  Just talking about it, that’s the last thing.  He can carry the ball or he can catch the ball.  Protections for any young back, that’s the thing that they will have the most trouble with early on.  But he’s picked things up fairly well quickly.”

The good news is that the Buccaneers still have 2012 first-rounder Doug Martin and backups Mike James and Bobby Rainey.  But Sims could have been a difference-maker this year.

He still could be.  The Bucs could choose to put Sims on injured reserve with the designation to return.  It’s a roster tweak available to each team, once per year.

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9 Responses to “Charles Sims’ rookie season gets derailed”
  1. thegregwitul says: Aug 15, 2014 3:21 PM

    Tough loss, Sims was looking good in camp. He might be back midseason but at least RB is one of the deep positions for the Bucs.

  2. ilovefoolsball says: Aug 15, 2014 3:29 PM

    Well that’s ok, they still have Josh McCown…

  3. kinggator says: Aug 15, 2014 3:54 PM

    This was a bad pick on draft day (not because Sims isn’t a good player), but because the Bucs have some big holes on the OL and D and already had some depth at RB w/Martin, Rainey, & James. This makes this pick even worse. Hope the surgery works out and he’s back next year. Same old Bucs!

  4. pantherfan40 says: Aug 15, 2014 4:02 PM

    dont put him on injured reserve ,he might end up a patriot in a couple hours

  5. celly84 says: Aug 15, 2014 4:35 PM

    kinggator says: Aug 15, 2014 3:54 PM

    This was a bad pick on draft day (not because Sims isn’t a good player), but because the Bucs have some big holes on the OL and D and already had some depth at RB w/Martin, Rainey, & James. This makes this pick even worse. Hope the surgery works out and he’s back next year. Same old Bucs!

    Right, cause everyone knew that he would get injured and 3rd round guards never get injured either.

    And please let me know which holes on D you’re speaking of…

    pantherfan40 says: Aug 15, 2014 4:02 PM

    dont put him on injured reserve ,he might end up a patriot in a couple hours

    Horrible attempt at a joke when you don’t understand the rules.

    Glad to see you’re a Panthers fan.

    #GoBucs

  6. kinggator says: Aug 15, 2014 4:51 PM

    Celly84, my comment is not about him getting injured; it’s about picking a RB in the 3rd round when you have 3 NFL RB’s on the roster and having a bigger need at OL and DL. The OL is a mess and the DL lacks depth and sacks. It was a bad pick based upon team need and now it’s just bad luck he’s hurt. Of course I know Guards get injured – i.e. Joseph and Nicks – thanks for making my point.

  7. bucsorbust says: Aug 15, 2014 5:12 PM

    Sad to seem Simms hurt, but there is still Doug Martin, Mike James, and Bobby Rainy….plus the fastest man in football….Jeff Demps. It’s a minor depth issue, that’s about it.

    Only a fool would say there are holes on D. All pros at every position…DE, DT, LB, S, CB. Great depth. I have concerns over the OL, but am not worried. I don’t think on Sunday morning anyone will talk about the OL anymore.

    Let’s keep down the injuries! Go Bucs!

  8. bucingnasty says: Aug 16, 2014 7:18 AM

    I couldn’t agree more with kinggator.

  9. bucingnasty says: Aug 16, 2014 7:21 AM

    I couldn’t agree more with kinggator minus the holes on D. We are solid all around on D (assuming the acquisition of MJ will generate a pass rush and McCoy getting double teamed now).

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