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Doug Martin expected to miss time with hamstring injury

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 18: Running back Doug Martin #22 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers runs up field during the first half of the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 18, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Getty Images

Week Two was a nightmare for the Buccaneers offense as quarterback Jameis Winston turned the ball over five times in a 40-7 loss to the Cardinals that also saw running back Doug Martin leave early because of a hamstring injury.

Martin downplayed the severity of the injury after the game, but there was enough concern about his condition that Martin went to have an MRI on Tuesday. The results of that MRI reportedly show enough damage for Martin to be out of the lineup for a while.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Martin will miss about three weeks because of the injury. That would keep him out for home games against the Rams and Broncos in the next two weeks and the Buccaneers are on the road in Carolina in Week Five. There’s a bye after that, so Martin would go five weeks between games if he misses the next three.

Charles Sims would be the lead back in Martin’s absence. Peyton Barber and Jacquizz Rodgers round out the running back options on the active roster in Tampa.

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10 Responses to “Doug Martin expected to miss time with hamstring injury”
  1. icebergsimpson says: Sep 21, 2016 8:03 AM

    Sims is one of the best third down backs but he is absolutely not capable of being an every down back.

  2. mjs2012 says: Sep 21, 2016 8:17 AM

    Charles Sims is better anyway.

  3. ctiggs says: Sep 21, 2016 8:33 AM

    I drafted AP, Doug Martin and Ryan Matthews. Guess who stayed healthy?

  4. rhamrhoddy says: Sep 21, 2016 9:36 AM

    Sooo the muscle hamster pulled a hamstring muscle

  5. baldbuc says: Sep 21, 2016 9:49 AM

    Of course I wanted Martin back, however my concern was after he got his big contract he would get injured again.

  6. superpatriotsfan says: Sep 21, 2016 9:49 AM

    Muscle Hamster will be fine, Muscle Hamster don’t stay down.

  7. draftrobot says: Sep 21, 2016 9:53 AM

    An injury-prone running back has a great, injury-free season, gets a big new contract, and promptly gets injured again.

  8. bucsorbust says: Sep 21, 2016 11:35 AM

    Much better off with the strain than a tear. Sims is better out of the backfield than Martin as a pass catcher, and luckily there is J. Rodgers, who has a running style like Martin–just not as fast. They will miss Martin, but it’s not like he’s the only back on the team and tore a meniscus.

  9. harshedmellow says: Sep 21, 2016 12:15 PM

    Those hamster muscles can only spin the exercise wheel so fast before something lets go.

  10. newtoallthis23 says: Sep 21, 2016 1:35 PM

    I know this will not be a popular statement, but give Ray Rice a look. Yes, the guy mad a mistake and it was brutal, but if anyone of us were caught on video doing whatever legal or illegal and our employers saw it, we may not have a job in our profession. Before we saw the video it was 2 games and now it is indefinite. Think if our employers saw video of us on a Friday or Saturday night….Just saying, everyone deserves grace and mercy. To deny that is saying that you should never ask or expect it.

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