The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had to make a rather drastic move: running back Charles Sims has been placed on injured reserve.
The third-year back had been the team’s lead running back for the past two games, after Doug Martin went down with an injury in week two. Martin is expected back after next week’s bye.
Sims rushed for just 116 yards and one touchdown on 41 carries this season, but had an impressive 112 receiving yards and a touchdown on just 14 catches. He was the team’s main receiving and change of pace back, after putting up over 1,000 yards from scrimmage in a similar role last season. His disappointing production as a runner can mostly be attributed to being forced to carry the load after Martin suffered an injury.
Sims will most likely be replaced by Jacquizz Rodgers, who was signed in week two. The Bucs also have undrafted rookie Peyton Barber on the roster, and promoted undrafted rookie Russell Hansbrough to take Sims’ roster spot.
The Bucs could bring Sims back later in the season, but that would be in week 13 at the earliest. Each team can bring one player back from injured reserve per season.