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.

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4 years ago

I’m wondering if an additional Receiver sas an issue we don’t know about yet? Seems strang to activate Dye too? Any thought here?

4 years ago

Excited about Sims coming back. Bucs are so secretive about injury status, up until day of game that it is hard to get an idea of just how bad it is or if we are getting healthy again. Stocker is becoming a joke for this team. This guy has been able to stay on this team and has had so little time on the field in 5 yrs, it is a shame that we have to waste a space on our Roster for a guy that clearly will never be much of a contributor.

4 years ago

I am looking for both Sims and Martin to line up in the backfield on first down, which will look to defenders like one of our typical first down run plays … but Martin is a great pass blocker and both players can catch and run with the ball. This could really help open up our first down offense which has gotten all too predictable this season.

4 years ago

Naplesfan, agree with you. If I’m Koetter it’s about spendig as much time on offense to keep their offense off the field; a lot of run and short passes should be a big help. go Bucs!

4 years ago

Wow! Just saw the Inactive List and we only have two OL to cover the whole line and one of them is Evan Smith who was Questionable prior to the game. Huge risk!