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The defensive tackle is eligible to come off PUP this week, but has a three-week window before a decision is made -- practice or IR.
Pat Sims, who signed a one-year deal during the offseason, has spent the entire season on the Physically Unable to Perform list, a designation he's had dating back to training camp with a pair of injured ankles that placed him on Injured Reserve last year. An injury that impacted the Cincinnati Bengals rushing defense, perhaps indirectly last year:
|With Sims||Without Sims|
|Yards Rushing Allowed||886||789|
|Avg. Yards Rushing Allowed (Game)||88.6||131.5|
|Avg. Yards Rushing Allowed (Carry)||3.4||4.8|
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis told reporters on Wednesday that Sims won't be coming off PUP this week. The earliest a player can come off PUP is after the sixth game of the regular season, which was after the Bengals lost to the Cleveland Browns. However teams have a three-week window that allows the injured player to stay on PUP, not counting against the 53-man roster and an additional three-week window after the injured player begins practicing, exempt from the 53 until he's officially activated onto the roster.
The deal that Sims signed includes a base $700,000 salary with a $250,000 signing bonus, workout bonus of $250,000 and a roster bonus of $240,000, accounting for an overall cap number of $1.44 million.