Sims had surgery to repair an ankle injury last month and is expected to miss 12 to 14 weeks.
Tuesday is the first day that players can be placed on injured reserve with the designation to return. Only one player per team can be given the designation.
If the team does use the designated to return tag on Sims, he would have to sit out a minimum of eight weeks.
Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com reports that the Bucs believe Sims "could be back around midseason."
Sims was a third round pick out of West Virginia. He began his college career with Houston.
- Dan Gartland