A Bengal for five seasons (2008-12), Sims is in his second year back with Cincinnati after spending 2013-14 with Oakland ... Strong run defender has played on five Bengals playoff teams ... Helped club last season to No. 2 NFL ranking and No. 1 AFC rank in fewest points allowed (17.4 per game).
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 ... Signed with Oakland as unrestricted free agent on 3-12-13 ... Re-signed with Raiders as unrestricted free agent on 3-31-14 ... Signed with Cincinnati as unrestricted free agent on 3-26-15 ... Re-signed with Bengals as unrestricted free agent on 3-16-16.
2016 highlights: Has played in Games 1-4, logging nine tackles and one QB hit ... Two tackles Sept. 18 at N.Y. Jets ... Three tackles Sept. 18 at Pittsburgh, plus a QB hit ... Two tackles Sept. 25 vs. Denver ... Two tackles Sept. 29 vs. Miami.
Previous seasons: 2008—Played in Bengals’ 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 ... 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 (eight starts) as Bengals claimed AFC North title, but was placed on Reserve/Injured 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 HB 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. 2010—Played in 14 Bengals games (eight starts) and had 44 tackles, 2.5 sacks, a pass defensed and nine pressures ... In win Sept. 19 vs. Baltimore, had fourth-quarter pass deflection that resulted in an INT by LB Brandon Johnson ... 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 for Bengals, including a start Oct. 16 vs. Indianapolis ... Logged 28 tackles with one sack ... Missed last five games and Wild Card playoff due to ankle injuries ... Five-yard sack of Blaine Gabbert on Oct. 9 at Jacksonville ... Line-leading four tackles Nov. 6 at Tennessee ... On Nov. 20 at Baltimore, made third-down stop of RB Ray Rice for no gain in fourth quarter, forcing a punt. 2012—Played last eight Bengals games and Wild Card playoff after opening season on Reserve/PUP, due to hamstring injury that predated training camp ... Played in Games 9-16, logging 21 tackles, one INT and one forced fumble ... His return to active status coincided with start of Bengals’ 7-1 run over final eight games ... Made season debut on Nov. 11 vs. N.Y. Giants and had an INT of Eli Manning at the Giants 18, setting up a Bengals TD ... Personal season-high six tackles in playoff-clinching win Dec. 23 at Pittsburgh ... Four tackles in his NFL postseason debut, Wild Card playoff on 1-5-13 at Houston. 2013—In first season with Oakland, started 16 games for first time in his career and led Raiders interior linemen in tackles (49) ... Recorded first of his two sacks Dec. 15 at Kansas City, dropping Alex Smith for nine-yard loss ... On Dec. 22 at San Diego, logged career high 13 tackles, including five-yard sack of Philip Rivers. 2014—Played in all 16 games for Oakland, starting two ... Had 36 tackles and one pass defensed ... On Oct. 26 at Cleveland, part of a line that helped limit the NFL’s sixth-ranked rushing offense to just 1.6 yards per carry ... On Dec. 21 vs. Buffalo, helped limit Bills to 13 rushing yards, third-lowest opponent total in Raiders history. 2015—Played in eight games (Games 1-2, 4, 7, 9, 12-13 and 15), and in Wild Card playoff ... Totaled 16 tackles and two QB hits in regular season ... Inactive for the other eight games ... Four tackles Nov. 1 at Pittsburgh ... Personal season high of six tackles Nov. 16 vs. Houston ... Three tackles Dec. 28 at Denver ... In Wild Card playoff on 1-9-16 vs. Pittsburgh, teamed with Carlos Dunlap on 11-yard sack of Ben Roethlisberger during Cincinnati’s fourth-quarter comeback from 15-0 deficit to 16-15 lead.
College: Played three seasons (2004 and ’06-07) at Auburn, entering the NFL draft after junior season ... First team All-SEC choice by Associated Press in 2007, despite playing most of the 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 ... Majored in public administration.
Personal: Hometown is Fort Lauderdale, Fla. ... Earned Florida 5A All-State honors as senior at Dillard High School, where he was a PrepStar All-American as senior ... Also played prep basketball and helped lead team to state championship as a junior ... Youngest among 10 children in his family.