Sims, Jackson sidelined at practice; Sweezy seeing doctor
Two days before the Bucs' preseason opener at Philadelphia, two key offensive players were held out with injuries, with running back Charles Sims nursing an ankle injury from Monday's practice at Tropicana Field and receiver Vincent Jackson (undisclosed) also sidelined.
"We'll have to see," coach Dirk Koetter said of Sims' readiness for Thursday's game. "We'll have to see about Charles, we'll have to see about Vincent, but anybody who's healthy will play. If it's close, on a proven guy, we'll hold them out."
Bucs guard J.R. Sweezy, who hasn't practiced since signing with Tampa Bay in March, hasn't been at the last two practices even as a spectator, and Koetter said he is in California seeing a doctor, presumably about back problems that have kept him from taking the field. He's also had calf issues as well.
"He's been seeing a doctor in California the last couple of days," Koetter said. "I'm not the doctor and I haven't talked to the doctor, but we'll let you know as soon we know something we can tell you."
With Sims sidelined, fourth-year pro Mike James got more reps at running back, though Koetter said he'll be challenged by Storm Johnson and rookie Peyton Barber, who have shown promise as well.
"I've always liked Mike James," Koetter said. "Mike James is a solid player, but he's in a battle right now with Storm Johnson and Peyton Barber. Your 3-4-5-6 running backs will get some good looks in the preseason."