2011: Team’s starting left guard. Offense is 11th in NFL is sacks per pass play (5.5 pct) yielding 34 sacks on 641 pass plays.
- Recovered a fumble on first-and-10 in the third quarter in season opener at Tampa Bay (9/11). Sims' recovery kept the Lions' offense on the field to score on a 1-yard touchdown from QB Matthew Stafford to WR Calvin Johnson. also in the game, the offensive line unit allowed no sacks and helped the team rush for 126 rushing yards in the win.
- The Lions' season opener marked the first time since 1981-82 that the Lions have started the same offensive line (same personnel at same positions) in consecutive years on opening day. Sims, LT Jeff Backus, C Dominic Raiola, G Stephen Peterman and T Gosder Cherilus was the team's regular starting offensive line last year for the Lions, including on opening day. The last offensive group to start in consecutive years was LT Karl Baldischeiler, LG Homer Elias, C Amos Fowler, RG Russ Bolinger and RT Keith Dorne. That group started on opening day in that lineup three consecutive years (1980-92).
- In the home opener vs. Kansas City (9/18), was part of an offensive line that allowed no sacks for the second consecutive game. The Lions offense generated 48 points in the victory over the Chiefs, the most points scored by the Lions since they garnered 55 points in a Thanksgiving Day 55-20 win over Chicago (11/27/97). That game was also the last time the team scored 6 offensive touchdowns (rushing and receiving) in a single game. The last time the Lions scored 6 offensive touchdowns in a game of which at least 4 were via the pass was a 48-17 win over Chicago (10/19/81).
- Part of an offensive line that did not allow a sack at Dallas (10/2) as the team claimed a 34-30 win after trailing by 24 points in the third quarter.
- Offense had huge day in Lions 24-13 win vs. Chicago (10/10) as the line paved the way for the team to chew up 181 yards on the ground, including a career-high 163 from RB Jahvid Best. Best had runs of 88 yards for a touchdown and another 43 yards near the end of the game. The 88-yard touchdown was the second longest run in team history.
- Helped allow 104 yards rushing vs. Atlanta (10/23) who’s defense is ranked sixth in the league in rushing yards per game. Maurice Morris finished with 9 carries for 50 yards (5.6 avg.) and Keiland Williams finished with 9 carries for 44 yards (4.9 avg).
- Part of an offensive line that rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown at Denver (10/30). Maurice Morris finished with 58 yards on 13 carries (4.5 avg.) and a touchdown. Also helped protect Matthew Stafford, who threw for 267 yards and 3 touchdowns.
- Helped protect Matthew Stafford in order for him to set a new franchise record 63 passing attempts vs. Chicago (11/13).
- Part of an offensive line that paved the way for running back Kevin Smith to rush for 140 yards vs. Carolina (11/20). They also gave QB Matthew Stafford enough time to throw 5 touchdown passes in the game.
2010: Team's starting left guard. Part of offensive line that ranked fifth in NFL in Sacks per Pass Play (4.09 pct.), giving up just 27 sacks this year on 660 pass plays.
- Started in season opener at Chicago (9/12).
- Part of an offensive line against Philadelphia (9/19) that helped team rush for 115 yards, including 78 and 2 touchdowns from rookie Jahvid Best.
- Starting left guard against Washington (10/31). Helped offensive line allow just a single sack on 46 pass plays.
- Key component on left side of offensive line that led the way for 190 team rushing yards (season high), the most since the Lions rushed for 193 yards at Green Bay December 12, 2004.
- In Lions 23-20 overtime win, offensive line helped team ground out 181 rushing yards, including 49 yards (first two players were rushes of 26 and 14 yards) on the game-winning overtime 63-yard drive. It was the first time the team garnered 180 yards in consecutive games since December 2004 (215 vs. Arizona 12/5/04 and 193 at Green Bay 12/12/04). The unit also did not allow a single sack on 37 attempts. Helped guide RB Maurice Morris to 109-yard rushing effort.
- Made 50th start of career against Minnesota (1/2).
2009: Saw action in 14 games with 14 starts at left guard and was inactive for two: vs. Arizona (10/18) and vs. Jacksonville (10/11).
- Started at left guard vs. St. Louis (9/13) and was part of an offensive line that did not allow a sack.
- Started at left guard vs. Chicago (9/27) but left game early in the third quarter with a strained oblique.
- Returned from oblique injury to start at Indianapolis (10/4), but left the game in the second quarter with an ankle injury and did not return.
- Was part of an offensive line at Arizona (11/15) that lead team to 164 yards rushing against NFL's fourth-ranked run defense.
- Helped lead to a season-high 170 rushing yards at St. Louis (11/29).
2008: Was placed on injured reserve September 10 with a pectoral muscle injury forcing him to miss the remaining15 games of the season.
2007: Started in all 16 games played.
- Was part of an offensive line that helped the team rush for a 2007 season-high 167 yards at Atlanta (12/30).
2006: Played in 14 games during his rookie campaign with three starts.
- Made NFL debut replacing Chris Gray (knee) in the third game of the 2006 season vs. New York Giants (9/24) and did not allow a sack.
COLLEGE:Started 40 of 47 games for the Buckeyes, earning 12 of those starts at left guard. Shifted to left guard from left tackle prior to senior season earning All-Big Ten Conference first-team honors.
- Made 28 starts at left tackle as an underclassmen and produced 83 key blocks and eight touchdown-resulting blocks for an offense that collected 5,068 yards, an average of 422.8 yards per game his senior year.
- His ability to shut down the blitz and stunts saw the offensive line allow only 18 quarterback sacks on the season.
- Took over left tackle duties when incumbent Ivan Douglas was sidelined with healthy problems (blood clot) during sophomore season.
PERSONAL:Son of the late Cleveland Browns tackle Robert "Mickey" Sims (1977-79). Was a first-team All-Ohio selection at offensive tackle during senior season at Nordonia High School.
- Started at guard as a sophomore and junior before moving to tackle his senior season.
- Earned letters in basketball and two in track, finishing fourth in the state in the shot put as a senior.
- Communications major at Ohio State.