Doug Martin has missed the last two weeks with a hamstring injury and was listed as doubtful to return this week.
Last season the Bucs boasted the best complementary backs in NFL with the power of Martin between the tackles and shifty Sims doing damage in space in the passing game.
With Martin out, the Bucs tried to use Sims in a traditional running back role. That plan turned out disastrously. Sims carried 28 times for just 83 yards in two games sans Martin, a 2.96 yards per carry average. He's averaged just 2.8 yards per tote on the season.
Sims could be a candidate to return after sitting out eight weeks.
During contract negotiations this offseason with Martin, general manager Jason Licht talked up Sims as a capable full-time back if the team couldn't bring back Martin. The past two weeks proved Sims is not a workhorse back. His injury only magnified that belief that he's merely a pass-catching, change-of-pace player.