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25 Mike James RB

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Bucs list six as inactive Saturday
by Chris Towers |

The Buccaneers unveiled their inactives list for Saturday's preseason game against the Bills, featuring a handful of injured players who will not suit up.

Running back Mike James (shoulder) and defensive lineman William Gholston (shoulder) are both inactive, along with running back Chares Sims (ankle), defensive back Danny Gorrer, defensive lineman Da'Quan Bowers and defensive back Mike Jenkins

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Shoulder likely to shelve Mike James for third preseason game
by Larry Hartstein |

Buccaneers running back Mike James, who hurt his right shoulder against the Dolphins, is not expected to play in the third preseason game Saturday at Buffalo, reports the Tampa Bay Times. It's another blow to the team's depth at running back. Rookie Charles Sims will miss at least the first nine regular-season games with an ankle injury.

"I've got to be careful what I say right now," coach Lovie Smith told the paper, "but we're not in as good of shape as we were before."

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Buccaneers bit by injury bug in preseason game No. 2
by Igor Mello |

The Buccaneers were but by the injury bug during Saturday's preseason game against the Dolphins. The team had several players leave with injuries.

Running back Mike James left the game with a right shoulder injury in the third quarter. He finished 18 yards on three carries and did not return.

Defensive end William Gholston also suffered a shoulder injury and did not return. Defensive back Rashaan Melvin suffered an ankle injury was ruled out for the remainder of the game. Linebacker Brandon Magee was carted off with a right ankle injury and safety Major Wright exited with a back injury.

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Mike James, Bobby Rainey to compete for backup spot
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer

The Buccaneers have said all offseason that the envision more than one running back doing most of the damage against opposing defenses, but those plans took a hit when rookie Charles Sims suffered an ankle injury that will cost him at least the first nine weeks of the NFL season. 

The injury should open the door for Mike James and Bobby Rainey to compete for a spot in the rotation with starter Doug Martin in Tampa Bay. Through one preseason game Rainey has 25 yards on six carries and James has 12 yards on three carries. James has a 20-yard catch while Rainey hasn't caught a ball yet. Both backs had experience running the ball last season with the Bucs and each caught a few passes, but James got the chance first and played well until getting hurt. Then Rainey came in and did well to close out the season. 

It's too soon to pick one of these guys as a handcuff to Martin for Fantasy but because Rainey saw playing time before James in their first preseason game we'd give him the nod for now. 

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Charles Sims injury alters running back situation in Tampa Bay
by Marty Gitlin |

The loss for at least half the season of promising Buccaneers rookie running back Charles Sims will likely result in more carries for Doug Martin. Sims had been considered a threat to take attempts away from Martin, who is coming off a disappointing, injury-plagued 2013 season.

Martin was deemed the featured back by Lovie Smith in June. The Sims injury could cement his status, though it could also result in increased work for fellow backs Bobby Rainey and Mike James. Both flashed last year in the absence of Martin. Rainey achieved two 100-yard performances before tailing off late while James rushed for 158 yards against Seattle, no less, and averaged a team-best 4.9 YPC on the season.

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