Charles Sims Injury: Updates on Buccaneers RB's Foot and Return

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistAugust 14, 2014

TAMPA, FL - MAY 16: Running Back Charles Sims #34 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers works out during the first day of rookie minicamp on May 16, 2014 at One Buc Place in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
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Updates from Wednesday, Sept. 3

Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports on Sims' status heading into the season:

Updates from Friday, Aug. 29

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport has an update on the Buccaneers' plans for Sims:


Updates from Saturday, Aug. 16

Roy Cummings of The Tampa Tribune provides an update on Charles Sims' injury:

Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports on Sims' ability to be placed on IR after his injuries and the timeline for his potential return:


Updates from Friday, Aug. 15

Scott Smith of reports that Sims is undergoing surgery:

Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times has the latest on Sims:


Updates from Thursday, Aug. 14

Jenna Laine of Fox Sports 1 provides an update on Charles Sims' status:


Original Text

Rookie running back Charles Sims is making waves in Tampa Bay Buccaneers camp, but the West Virginia product now finds himself on the shelf due to injury.   

According to Scott Smith of, Sims did something to his ankle during Tuesday's practice:

On Thursday, Sims was seen wearing a walking boot, per Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times:

Although that doesn't necessarily point toward Sims missing a significant amount of time, Auman speculates that it is likely Sims will sit out Saturday's preseason contest against the Miami Dolphins:

While third-year man Doug Martin is the clear starter, Sims has been making a case to be his primary backup and to potentially steal some carries. According to NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah, Sims has looked fantastic throughout training camp thus far:

Sims didn't have a great night on the ground during Tampa Bay's preseason opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars, totaling 13 yards on six carries, but he did make three grabs for 32 yards, which showcased his versatility. 

Perhaps most importantly, Sims has received rave reviews from head coach Lovie Smith, per Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times:

I think you can tell, especially at skill positions, does a guy have it? Charles Sims, I would say, has it. He hasn't played a game and right now we're not live an awful lot. But you can see enough in him to like his future with us. Just talking about it, that's the last thing. He can carry the ball or he can catch the ball. Protections for any young back, that's the thing that they will have the most trouble with early on. But he's picked things up fairly well quickly.

Sims was making a great deal of headway, so this injury is obviously a bit of a disappointment. As long as it doesn't keep him out long term and force him to miss multiple preseason games, though, Sims still has a chance to establish a role on this team.

The Bucs and Sims have to be smart so as to not risk further injury, but every indication thus far is that Sims should be able to return in the near future.


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