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.