The Buccaneers closed their practice week by listing running backs Doug Martin and Charles Sims as doubtful to play against the Panthers on Monday night.
It doesn’t look like either player had a sudden return to health since that final injury report was submitted on Saturday. Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports the team will promote Russell Hansbrough from the practice squad to give them three healthy backs for the matchup with Carolina.
There’s no word on a corresponding move.
Hansbrough spent the summer with the Bucs and ran for 50 yards on 22 carries in the preseason. He’s never played in a regular season game.
Martin has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury while Sims is on track to sit out for the first time this season. Jacquizz Rodgers will likely get the start and the Bucs have a bye in Week Six to use to get healthy.