Sims played in last eight games of 2012 and in Wild Card playoff after opening season on Physically Unable to Perform list ... Made quick impact after returning, logging first career INT in his first game back ... Has been regular in D-line rotation when healthy since joining Bengals as 2008 third-round draft pick ... His return to active status coincided with start Cincinnati's 7-1 run over final eight games ... Has logged 61 career games with 23 starts (including postseason).
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Cincinnati in third round of 2008 NFL Draft (77th overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 7-27-08 ... Re-signed with Bengals as an unrestricted free agent on 3-24-12.
2012 RECAP: Opened training camp on Active/Physically Unable to Perform list, due to hamstring injury that predated opening of training camp ... Assigned to Reserve/PUP on Aug. 31 ... Returned to practice Oct. 31 on a roster exemption, and signed to active roster on Nov. 9 ... Played in Games 9-16, logging 21 tackles, one INT and one forced fumble ... Made season debut Nov. 11 vs. N.Y. Giants, logging two tackles, and had an INT of Eli Manning at the Giants 18, setting up a Bengals TD ... Three tackles Nov. 25 vs. Oakland ... Two tackles Dec. 2 at San Diego ... One tackle and a forced fumble Dec. 13 at Philadelphia ... Personal season-high six tackles in playoff-clinching win Dec. 23 at Pittsburgh, including stop of RB Rashard Mendenhall for a two-yard loss on a third down, forcing a punt ... Five tackles Dec. 30 vs. Baltimore ... Four tackles in Wild Card playoff 1-5-13 at Houston.
PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2008 - Played in Cincinnati’s last 11 games as a rookie and started six of the last seven as injuries depleted line depth ... Had 50 tackles, including three for losses, with one sack and five QB pressures ... Inactive for Games 1-5, due in part to a preseason turf toe injury ... Made NFL debut Oct. 12 at N.Y. Jets and posted seven tackles, including one for loss ... On Nov. 2 vs. Jacksonville, logged first NFL sack when he dropped David Garrard for two-yard loss.
2009 - Played every regular-season game with three starts as Bengals claimed AFC North title, but was placed on Reserve/Injured list for Wild Card playoff vs. Jets due to right forearm fracture suffered in regular-season finale at Jets ... On Sept. 20 at Green Bay, recovered fumble by RB Ryan Grant at Bengals 38 in third quarter, returning ball to offense for TD drive that put Bengals ahead to stay at 28-21 ... On Sept. 27 vs. Pittsburgh, had a shared sack of Ben Roethlisberger in fourth quarter that forced Steelers to punt prior to offense’s game-winning TD drive ... Team-high three QB pressures Oct. 18 vs. Houston.
2010 - Played in 14 games, with eight starts, and had 44 tackles, 2.5 sacks, a pass defensed and nine pressures ... In Sept. 19 win vs. Baltimore, had fourth-quarter pass deflection that resulted in an INT by LB Brandon Johnson ... Started as injury replacement Nov. 8 vs. Pittsburgh, recording a line-leading six tackles (one for loss) ... Five tackles Dec. 12 at Pittsburgh, including eight-yard sack of Ben Roethlisberger ... Four tackles Dec. 19 vs. Cleveland, including eight-yard sack of Colt McCoy.
2011 - Played in Games 1-11, including a start Oct. 16 vs. Indianapolis ... Logged 28 tackles with one sack ... Inactive for Game 12, Dec. 4 at Pittsburgh, due to ankle injury suffered Nov. 27 vs. Cleveland ... Returned to practice the week following Pittsburgh game, but suffered a different ankle injury in practice on Dec. 1 ... Placed Dec. 7 on Reserve/Injured list ... Had five tackles Sept. 18 at Denver ... Three tackles Oct. 9 at Jacksonville, including five-yard sack of Blaine Gabbert in first quarter ... Line-leading four tackles Nov. 6 at Tennessee ... Two tackles Nov. 20 at Baltimore, including third-down stop of RB Ray Rice for no gain in fourth quarter, forcing a punt.
COLLEGE: Played three seasons (2004 and ’06-07) at Auburn, entering NFL Draft after junior season ... First-team All-SEC choice by Associated Press in ’07, despite playing most of year with cast to protect left hand fracture ... Key force inside for ’07 club that ranked sixth nationally in fewest points allowed (16.9) and average net yards allowed (197.9) ... Had 4.5 sacks as junior ... Missed the 2005 season, absent from the team due to family obligations.
PERSONAL: Hometown is Fort Lauderdale, Fla. ... Earned Florida Class 5A all-state honors as a senior at Dillard High School, where he was named to PrepStar All-America team as a senior ... Also played prep basketball and helped lead team to state championship as a junior ... Is the youngest among 10 children in his family ... Public administration major at Auburn.