The cost of last week’s win in San Diego proved to be steep, but the Bucs’ offense is getting at least one missing piece back.
Running back Charles Sims III, on the injured reserve list since Oct. 10 with a knee injury, will be active for Sunday’s home game against the New Orleans Saints.
The team announced the move Saturday afternoon, along with the promotion of wide receiver Donteea Dye Jr. from the practice squad to the active roster.
Tampa Bay’s offense will be without four contributors because of injuries suffered last Sunday against the Chargers. Receiver Cecil Shorts III was lost for the year with a serious knee injury, tight end Luke Stocker is out with a foot injury, and slot receiver Adam Humphries and starting right tackle Demar Dotson both suffered concussions.
Sims appeared in the first four games this season, rushing 41 times for 116 yards (2.8-yard average) and one touchdown. He also caught 14 passes for 112 yards and a score.
Dye played 10 games as a rookie last year in Tampa Bay. He had 11 receptions for 132 yards and a touchdown.
To make room for the moves on the active roster, the Bucs waived offensive lineman Josh Allen and defensive tackle John Hughes III.