Rookie Tampa Bay Buccaneers Running Back Charles Sims to Miss at Least Three Months


Nov 2, 2013; Fort Worth, TX, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers running back Charles Sims (3) warms up before the game against the TCU Horned Frogs at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie running back Charles Sims will miss at least three months as he will undergo ankle surgery.

However, there is no fracture in the ankle.

Sims was injured during practice on Tuesday and yesterday at training camp he was seen in a protective boot on his right foot.

Sims was a third round pick out of West Virginia back in May.

While losing Sims is definitely a disappointment for Lovie Smith and offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford, the Bucs are still in excellent position at running back due to their outstanding depth.

Doug Martin, Bobby Rainey, Mike James and Jeff Demps are all still available meaning the Bucs will still be fine at running back.

If anything this injury likely guarantees Demps’ and James’ spot on the 53-man roster.

Sims is a candidate for the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list which will make him ineligible for the first six games of the season. After then seeing him in practice, the Bucs must then decide to activate him or put him on injured reserve, ruling him out for the season.

In last Friday’s preseason opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sims had six carries for 13 yards while adding 32 receiving yards on three catches.