The Buccaneers have placed Charles Sims on injured reserve. The running back suffered a knee injury on the opening kickoff of the team’s most recent playoff game against the Titans.
Sims was re-signed to a one-year deal this offseason and was hoping to get back to his old form after getting limited carries in 2017. Although teams are permitted to bring two players back from IR, the Bucs’ announcement made it sound as though Sims is done for the year. He’ll have to wait until 2019 for redemption, and there’s no guarantee that will happen in Tampa.
Appearing in all 16 games, Sims totaled just 21 rushing attempts for 95 yards. He did have 35 catches for 249 yards and one score, however.
The Buccaneers have Peyton Barber, rookie Ronald Jones, and Jacquizz Rodgers effectively locked in for the 53-man roster. Sims was pushing for a spot behind him, and that will now likely go to Duke product Shaun Wilson. Dare Ogunbowale also has improved odds of making the cut now that Sims is out of the picture.
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