Bucs RB Charles Sims - Photo by: Mark Lomoglio/PR
The Buccaneers injury situation went from bad to worse on Monday, as the team placed running back Charles Sims on injured reserve and promoted running back Russell Hansbrough from the practice squad to the active roster.
Sims took over as the starter following Doug Martin’s hamstring injury in Week 2 against the Arizona Cardinals but was largely ineffective as the primary ballcarrier the last two weeks. Sims took a shot to the knee in the 27-7 loss to the Broncos last week and didn’t practice this week, and was listed as doubtful on the team’s final injury report on Saturday.
This is Sims second trip to injured reserve in his three seasons with the Buccaneers after being drafted in the third round in 2014. The former West Virginia standout suffered a foot injury in the preseason as a rookie and missed the first eight games of the 2014 season.
Sims caught 51 passes and totaled 1,090 yards from scrimmage in 2015 as he and Martin formed the NFL’s best running back tandem in the NFL.
The Buccaneers are expected to start former Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers against the Panthers on Monday night, with rookie Peyton Barber as the backup.
Hansbrough (5-9, 195) joined Tampa Bay as a college free agent out of Missouri this past offseason. He was with the Buccaneers through the preseason and has spent time on the team’s practice squad this year. He wears No. 44 for the Buccaneers.
Hansbrough, a native of Arlington, Texas, played in 48 games at Missouri (2012-15), starting 14, rushing 467 times for 2,344 yards and 15 touchdowns. His 2,344 rushing yards are the 10th-most in school history.
Sims has played in four games for Tampa Bay this season, starting two. He has rushed 41 times for 116 yards, with one touchdown, while catching 14 passes for 112 yards and one touchdown.
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Ah injuries….the great equalizer as they say. So, we have 7 (or is it 8) STARTERS out this week….and the Falcons have 3 guys out….none of whom I’ve even heard of before (that’s right, ZERO starters)….I don’t know how Atlanta manages to do this, but their training staff again this year (after a couple year hiatus) is making them look like Superbowl contenders….
Give Atlanta 7 starters out, and let’s see how well they do against the Broncos or anyone else….
It almost seems inconceivable who injury bitten we are this year.
WTF? Where the hell did THAT come from? Guess the secrecy is in full mode because this is a shocker and right before, mere HOURS before the game that might save the season.
The Injury reports have been a joke. No actual information at all. We don’t know if any of these guys are going to play right up until the game.
Both of our starting running backs are gone. How serious is Martin’s injury ? How serious is McCoy’s injury? Is Ayers going to play this week ? Is Spence going to play ? The only good news is that Carolina might be just as bad health wise.
This is what it’s like playing Madden with injuries set to 100…
Not good. He will be missed down the stretch as our 3rd down RB.
Since his season is over and it is the end of this 3rd season I have enough information to summarize what I think of him as a player. He proved he can’t be a feature back but to me he is the ideal 3rd down RB and a key part of Koetter’s offense for that role as well as screen plays. Most draft evaluators had him valued as no higher than a 4th round pick and that’s the value I would put on him. I think the 3rd round was too high for him based on him not being able to be a feature back and his significant injuries in two out of three seasons. However, being off by one round isn’t the end of the world. I would give the pick a B-.
I guess since ASJ is gone I’ll do a quick one on him as well. Since he was a 2nd round pick that we traded up for and has already been released with no compensation I would give that pick an F. The same F goes for K. Edwards and R. Herron since they aren’t on the team either. I’ll do a full analysis of the entire draft class as well as Licht himself at the end of the season since they all came here 3 years ago.
Look forward to your analysis Pink. Could be a few more F’s on that list!
You guys may know this, but just a heads up for anyone like me that’s looking for some hope!
The NFL changed the injured reserve with return designation in 2016 so that you no longer have to designate the player ahead of time. Teams are still only allowed to bring one player back, but they can bring back any one player they’ve placed on injured reserve. That player could be Sims.
Previously, if a team wanted to use the one return designation spot, they had to declare it when the player was placed on injured reserve. Now they can just see who is getting healthy quickly, and depending on need, take them off IR.
Teams can simply choose a player who’s been on injured reserve for at least six weeks and activate him once he’s healthy enough to play again. Once they take that player off IR, the rest of the IR players must remain on the list for the season.
So in the case of Charles Sims, this is week 5, if the Bucs choose, they could bring him back in week 11.
Sims has been worthless as a runner so who cares? Hes garbage without Martin carrying the load.
Yea injuries have been bad.
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