News: Coach Lovie Smith said Wednesday that Sims (ankle) could make his NFL debut Sunday in Cleveland, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Impact: Before the regular season kicked off, Sims landed on the IR/designated-to-return list following a mid-August procedure on his right ankle, but eight weeks have passed, and the rookie is eligible to suit up Sunday. Meanwhile, fellow running back Doug Martin is suffering through an ankle injury himself, which has forced a walking boot upon him. Out of necessity, the Bucs may require Sims' presence out of a backfield that counts only Bobby Rainey and Mike James as healthy. Because Sims' own ankle doesn't appear to be a concern due to Smith's optimism, owners in dire need of RB aid should take a flier on Sims.
News: Jackson (rib) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: The trade deadline came and went, with Jackson remaining in Tampa Bay, after garnering significant interest around the league. Meanwhile, a rib injury has accompanied him since preparation for Week 6, which has resulted in a combined five receptions (on 18 targets) for 79 yards in the past two games. At the very least, the target count is encouraging, meaning improved health could result in more productive performances.
News: Martin (ankle) didn't take part in Wednesday's practice, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: During the third quarter of Sunday's eventual loss to the Vikings, Martin was removed due to an injured left ankle, which was encased in a walking boot Wednesday. His status will likely remain in question throughout the week, but expect clarification on his availability for Sunday's game in Cleveland by the release of Friday's injury report. Given his ineffectiveness this season -- namely, 2.8 YPC -- and the potential activation of rookie RB Charles Sims (ankle), Martin may soon be relegated to also-ran in terms of fantasy and reality. Also, Bobby Rainey would likely see a heavier workload if Martin is unable to play Sunday.