Bucs to move Simms to IR

Tampa Bay general manager Bruce Allen announced on Tuesday that quarterback Chris Simms will spend the rest of this season on injured reserve. The move opens the path for the Bucs to sign a player on Wednesday, most likely a running back.

Chris Simms will spend the rest of this season on injured reserve, a move designed to give the fifth-year quarterback more time to find his "A" game, in the words of Buccaneers general manager Bruce Allen.

By moving Simms to injured reserve on Wednesday, his season will is over.

Allen said the Bucs will make a roster move on Wednesday. While Allen did not specify which position, it will likely be a running back. The Bucs worked out several players at their facility on Tuesday.

Allen did not say which players came in for workouts.

Allen wanted to talk more about Simms than the trade rumors swirling around the team.

"We had hoped he would be better, but with a splenectomy there's not a lot of track record for recovery time," Allen said. "Take into account that it's a quarterback (and it's a real unknown). We were hopeful and Chris was hopeful. There's nothing he hasn't tried to do to get better. We don't anticipate him being full strength until this offseason."

Simms is healthy, but not healthy enough to play in a game, Allen said.

Simms ruptured his spleen last September against Carolina and needed surgery to remove the organ. The Buccaneers re-signed him in December to a two-year contract worth about $10 million.

Simms reported to training camp in July and threw well for three days before elbow soreness took him out of full workouts for nearly a week. Simms admitted afterward that he returned from his injury too soon and it caused issues with his throwing fundamentals. Simms played just one possession in the preseason, throwing one pass.

Since dodging the final roster cuts, Simms has spent most of his time throwing after practice with backups and practice-squad receivers.

Simms was not made available for comment.

This move allows the Buccaneers to sign a player — likely a running back.

"I don't want to say what is significant or not (in a signing)," Allen said. "We're looking at some options for someone that can help us this week. It could be a fullback. It could be another position."

Allen did say the possibility of a trade for a running back is unlikely, given how few trades are made before the deadline and the relative value of depth across the NFL at running back.

"Right now we don't anticipate it," Allen said.

Allen also expressed faith in new starter Earnest Graham and new backup Kenneth Darby, along with fullback B.J. Askew.

Matthew Postins covers the Buccaneers for BucsBlitz.com and the Charlotte Sun-Herald in Port Charlotte, Fla. He is a member of the Pro Football Writers Association and has won national awards for his Buccaneers coverage from the PFWA, the National Newspaper Association and the Associated Press Sports Editors. He is also a contributor to the Scot Brantley Show from 4-7 p.m. weekdays on WHBO 1490-AM in Tampa-Clearwater.

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