Draft pick Charles Sims ruled out for up to 14 weeks following ankle surgery

Running Back Charles Sims #34 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers works out during the first day of rookie minicamp on May 16, 2014
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Rising Draft pick Charles Sims may not appear for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers until mid-season as the running back undergoes surgery on his right ankle.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Charles Sims has been ruled out of action for between 12 and 14 weeks.

The third-round Draft pick has been widely tipped to take the NFL by storm, but will now have to sit out until mid-season having undergone surgery on his right ankle.

Sims's absence potentially opens the door for either Bobby Rainey or Mike James to take his place in the squad.

The new NFL season is due to start in September.

Running back Bobby Rainey of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers runs for a gain in the 2nd quarter against the Atlanta Falcons November 17, 2013
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