The Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed running back Charles Sims on injured reserve, the team announced Thursday.
Sims, who was re-signed by the team on the eve of the NFL Draft in April, suffered a knee injury on the opening kickoff of Saturday’s preseason game against the Tennessee Titans.
In his fifth season with the Buccaneers, Sims appeared in all 16 games in 2017, serving primarily as a third-down back. He had only 21 carries for 95 yards and added 35 receptions for 249 yards and one touchdown.
A third-down draft pick of Tampa Bay out of West Virginia in 2014, Sims had his best season in his second year with the team.
Sims amassed more than 1,000 yards from scrimmage in 2015, rushing for 529 yards on 107 carries and reeling in 51 catches for 561 yards and four scores.
The Buccaneers released two-time Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin in the offseason and used a second-round draft pick to select running back Ronald Jones of USC.
Jones, a Doak Walker Award finalist after rushing for 1,550 yards and 19 touchdowns with the Trojans last season, is expected to be Tampa Bay’s starter.
Sims was expected to vie for time with fellow running backs Jacquizz Rodgers and Peyton Barber as the backups to Jones.