The Buccaneers placed running back Charles Sims on injured reserve on Thursday after the fifth-year veteran suffered a knee injury during Saturday night’s preseason game at Tennessee. Sims’ injury all but assures the four running backs that will be making the team consist of starter Peyton Barber, Ronald Jones II, the team’s second-round pick, Jacquizz Rodgers and Shaun Wilson, an undrafted free agent out of Duke, that catches the ball well out of the backfield and returns kicks.

Bucs RB Charles Sims - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs RB Charles Sims – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Sims, who was not having a spectacular camp, was a third-round pick in in 2014 out of West Virginia and has never had much success as a primary ballcarrier. Instead, Sims’ best work has come as a complimentary back. His most productive season came in 2015 when he had 107 carries for 529 rushing yards to go along with 51 receptions for 561 receiving yards and four receiving touchdowns. That year he and Doug Martin were the NFL’s best rushing tandem in combined yards from scrimmage.

Sims has also struggled with injuries missing time in 18 games over his first four seasons in the league. He did manage to suit up for all 16 games in 2017 where he led the team with a 4.5 yard average, however that came on just 21 carries for 95 yards. Sims had 35  catches for 249 yards and one touchdown last year.

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  1. Was the injury truly that serious or is this just 1 of those injured/stashed things like we did with Stevie T?

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    • Probably the former. Sims is a UFA after the season, and given his injury history and performance issues, likely wasn’t coming back next year (assuming he even made the team this year).

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  2. We need to find another Ground Pounder.

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    • I agree Horse. The start of the season with injuries to the O line we need someone that can pound the ball maybe Cross can help.

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      • #44 from Wisconsin could be one. Gonna watch him tonight….

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  3. I don’t wish injury on anyone especially when it effects livelihood but… this might be the best news I’ve heard all day. Finally got that booger off our finger guys.

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  4. Between injuries and inability to run between tackles, it’s time for him to go. He’s one trick pony made of glass. Thanks for your time and wish ya luck, but time to move on from him.

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  5. 4.5yds/ carry last season? I CAN’T be the only person surprised by that #…

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  6. I agree Horse. The start of the season with injuries to the O line we need someone that can pound the ball maybe Cross can help.

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  7. FYI, the word is “complementary”. “Complimentary” means he is known for giving compliments.

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  8. This injury is likely a career ender. He was already in low demand when he was healthy.

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