Charles Sims likely to make debut for Buccaneers

CLEVELAND -- The much-anticipated NFL debut of rookie running back Charles Sims is likely to come Sunday.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have activated Sims to their 53-man roster. Sims, who suffered an ankle injury in the preseason, had been on injured reserve with a designation to return.

Sims, a third-round pick, has been practicing for two weeks. He could get some carries behind Bobby Rainey, who is likely to get the start Sunday in place of the injured Doug Martin.

The Bucs also made a couple other roster moves. They promoted defensive tackle Matthew Masifilo and wide receiver Marcus Thigpen to the 53-man roster from the practice squad.

Thigpen is likely to handle return duties. Trindon Holliday had held that role, but Holliday suffered a hamstring injury and was released.