Charles Sims entered Monday night as one of six Buccaneers listed as doubtful to perform against Carolina. Now, the team has announced that he is doubtful to play at all the remainder of the season after being placed on injured reserve with a knee injury.
Though Sims did not enjoy a strong start to his third campaign in the NFL, especially during his time as the leading back in Doug Martin’s absence, he did catch 51 passes and tally 1,090 yards from scrimmage a year ago.
He joins linebacker Devante Bond and defensive ends George Johnson and Jacquies Smith on injured reserve, one of whom the team can take off the list after eight weeks on. The need for Sims will depend on how Jacquizz Rodgers performs down the stretch, but the team could choose to use their activation on him in Week 13.
The loss of Sims is once again a reminder how quickly depth can thin out in every sport, but especially the NFL. Though the Bucs felt they had one of the best combination of backs entering the season, they will now have lost both of them for at least a combined 10 games.
In Sims’ place, Tampa Bay has announced the promotion of running back Russell Hansbrough to the active roster from the practice squad. If Martin is not able to return following the bye week, Hansbrough and Peyton Barber would likely serve as the backups for Rodgers.