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Doug Martin says he didn’t separate shoulder

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The list of miserable things to befall the Buccaneers this season got a little longer on Sunday with both a 31-23 loss to an undermanned Falcons team and a shoulder injury suffered by running back Doug Martin.

Martin was hit by Falcons safety William Moore while trying to catch a pass in the third quarter and didn’t return to the game after the injury. After the game, Martin said, via Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com, that X-rays of the shoulder looked “fine” and that he didn’t separate his shoulder on the play.

There’s still more evaluation to be done before making a determination on both the extent of the injury and the length of any absence for Martin, leaving the running back to “hope for the best.” With the Bucs back in action against the Panthers on Thursday night, even a less serious injury could wind up keeping Martin out of the lineup for at least Week Eight.

Mike James took over for Martin on Sunday and would likely remain in the role if Martin’s absence extends through Thursday’s game.

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2 Responses to “Doug Martin says he didn’t separate shoulder”
  1. thegregwitul says: Oct 21, 2013 9:47 AM

    Please keep Martin out for the Thursday night game, which might be the coaching finale of Greg Schiano. The last thing we need is for Greg to give Martin 50 carries on his way out the door, let’s keep the guy fresh for the next coach.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to finish helping Bill Sheridan with the defensive gameplan for Thursday night. I’m thinking we should keep Revis in zone defense, so the opposing team can shift their best players away from him and he can cover a practice squad wideout. Ok, now I gotta run, Mark Dominik is hosing down the staff and I don’t want to be late, after all, I did show up at 5:15am.

  2. slick1ru2 says: Oct 21, 2013 11:19 AM

    So glad he’s OK. One good thing was seeing that he has a competent backup.

    Now flush Schiano.

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