Bucs RB Sims needs ankle surgery, will miss 12-14 weeks
Good thing the Bucs have all that depth at running back.
Charles Sims, the third-round pick from West Virginia, will undergo surgery Saturday on his injured right ankle and will miss 12-14 weeks, the team announced Friday.
"Charles was unfortunate with his ankle injury but that happens,'' coach Lovie Smith said Thursday.
The Bucs' rookie was injured during practice Tuesday. He watched Thursday's workout wearing a walking boot on his right leg.
If the recovery and rehabilitation schedule is correct, Sims could come back as soon as Week 13, when the Bucs host the Cincinnati Bengals Nov. 30 or as late as Week 15, when they visit Carolina Dec. 14. Any setbacks and he likely would miss the season.
Sims seemed like a luxury pick when they Bucs' selected him in the third round of May's draft. The Bucs already had running backs Doug Martin, Mike James and Bobby Rainey, all of whom rushed for at least 500 yards last season.
Martin, who is the starter, played in only six games in 2014 and was lost for the season after suffering a torn labrum in his left shoulder against Atlanta. James suffered a season-ending fractured ankle in Week 10 against the Miami Dolphins. Rainey, who was claimed off waivers from the Cleveland Browns, wound up leading the team in rushing.
At 6-foot, 211-pounds, Sims gave the Bucs a bigger body in the backfield and a player who could be a huge asset in the passing game. He caught more than 200 passes during his career at Houston and West Virginia.
Sims started 39-of-48 games he appeared in during his collegiate , carrying the ball 592 times for 3,465 yards and 40 touchdowns, while also catching 203 passes for 2,108 yards and 11 touchdowns.