Updates from Wednesday, Sept. 3
Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports on Sims' status heading into the season:
Bucs have re-signed safety Major Wright, who was among final cuts. Rookie RB Charles Sims moved to injured reserve-designated for return.— Greg Auman (@gregauman) September 3, 2014
Updates from Friday, Aug. 29
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport has an update on the Buccaneers' plans for Sims:
The #Bucs plan right now is to place RB Charles Sims (ankle surgery) on IR designated-to-return. Could be fresh legs late.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 29, 2014
Updates from Saturday, Aug. 16
Roy Cummings of The Tampa Tribune provides an update on Charles Sims' injury:
Word from the Bucs is RB Charles Sims had successful surgery to repair the sheath around a tendon in his ankle today.— Roy Cummings (@RCummingsTBO) August 16, 2014
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:
#Bucs will have to carry Sims on the roster until at least Week 1, the earliest he can be moved to IR/designated for return.— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) August 16, 2014
If all goes well, #Bucs are hopeful Sims can return for their ninth game. Still have 2 wks of the preseason and the bye week.— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) August 16, 2014
Updates from Friday, Aug. 15
Scott Smith of Buccaneers.com reports that Sims is undergoing surgery:
RB Charles Sims is going to undergo surgery for the ankle injury he suffered recently. The recovery time is expected to be 12-14 weeks.— Scott Smith (@ScottSBucs) August 15, 2014
Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times has the latest on Sims:
#Bucs aren't sure how long RB Charles Sims will be out with a right ankle injury. No fracture. Being thorough with their evaluation— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) August 15, 2014
Updates from Thursday, Aug. 14
Jenna Laine of Fox Sports 1 provides an update on Charles Sims' status:
Bucs head coach Lovie Smith has ruled out CB Mike Jenkins, CB Alterraun Verner and RB Charles Sims for Saturday's game. #MIAvsTB— JennaLaineBucs (@JennaLaineBucs) August 14, 2014
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 Buccaneers.com, Sims did something to his ankle during Tuesday's practice:
Rookie RB Charles Sims hurt his ankle late in practice. Coach Smith doesn't sound concerned.— Scott Smith (@ScottSBucs) August 12, 2014
On Thursday, Sims was seen wearing a walking boot, per Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times:
Bucs rookie RB Charles Sims has boot on right foot after injuring his ankle in Tuesday's drills. pic.twitter.com/MXE1tZ7hUG— Greg Auman (@gregauman) August 14, 2014
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:
On Bucs' Charles Sims, walking boot is often precautionary. Doesn't mean longterm, but can't imagine him playing vs. Dolphins in two days.— Greg Auman (@gregauman) August 14, 2014
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:
Charles Sims creating a lot of buzz..Can play on all 3 downs. Slashing, slippery runner inside the tackles & plenty of juice to get outside.— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) July 31, 2014
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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