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Bucs RB Sims going to IR means opportunity for others

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The battle for Buccaneers running back depth and playing time just got simplified with an unfortunate injury to veteran Charles Sims that has landed him on injured reserve.

Sims hurt his left knee on the opening kickoff of Saturday night’s preseason game against the Titans in Nashville and did not return.

The team announced on its website and social media Thursday afternoon that the injury is bad enough that Sims will go on injured reserve.

However it’s not clear yet, whether Sims could return at some point later in the year from the injury.

For now, it means a couple of things. One, veteran Jacquizz Rodgers will have an increased role behind Peyton Barber and rookie second round pick, Ronald Jones.

This is especially because, Sims was more of a third-down pass-catching threat than anything else in his four-year career in Tampa Bay.

After being drafted in the third round in 2014, Sims has had 129 receptions to 245 rushing attempts in his career. And six of his eight career TDs are off receptions.

What it also means is the Buccaneers have a fourth running back spot up for grabs and rookie free agent Shaun Wilson of Duke as well as second-year free agent. Dare Ogunbowle are the guys battling for that opportunity.

Ogunbowale is someone that head coach Dirk Koetter has specifically singled out of the last two weeks as a player that has come in since training camp began and may Place.

It’s ironic that Ogunbowale was the kickoff returner on that opening play in Nashville Saturday night, when he ran up behind Sims’ block and the entanglement of bodies caused his injury.

However, that’s just part of the NFL. Sims was on special teams in a preseason game, because he’s been battling with others for a roster spot just like Ogunbowale and Wilson have been.

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