Tampa Bay Buccaneers sail on without running back Charles Sims

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Well that sucks.

Rookie running back Charles Sims, who looked to get plenty of playing time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be put on the shelf for 12-14 weeks for ankle surgery. The news is a bummer as Sims, a product of West Virginia, displayed superb ability as a pass catching back with explosive speed.

Head coach Lovie Smith immediately ruled Sims out of the preseason game versus the Miami Dolphins,”It’s unfortunate with his ankle injury, but that happens..”

Running back was not a position of need going into the 2014 draft for the Bucs, however, Smith has yet to approach his Bucs tenure as a rebuilding project. The mantra at One Bucs Place is win now and win often. Lofty expectations mean coaches and front office personnel are always looking to get better. Sims’ skill set should provide a stellar compliment to established Bucs’ back Doug Martin.

Unfortunately, Tampa Bay will have to wait to around the mid-point of this season to see what Sims can do in regular season action. Until then, the cupboard is not bare. Aside from Martin, the Bucs have Bobby Rainey, Mike James, and Jeff Demps at their disposal. Fullback Javorski Lane has even garnered praise from Smith.

If there’s a bright side in the news that Sims is lost for the next three months, it would be the available depth that exits at running back. Lower body injuries are never a good thing especially early in a career. Injuries, however, are unavoidable. Winning teams overcome adversity. Last year, the Bucs couldn’t overcome much. This season will reveal just how seaworthy the 2014 Buccaneer ship really is.

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