Schiano says Martin will need surgery eventually

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The Buccaneers are 0-7, but think they have enough of a chance to give Doug Martin a chance.

Their second-year running back has missed the last two weeks with a shoulder injury, and it’s been reported that he wants to try to strengthen it for a possible return by Nov. 11 before he decides on a more drastic measure — to have surgery to fix what has been reported to be a torn labrum.

But Bucs coach Greg Schiano suggested that Martin could still come back.

Eventually, he’ll need to get it repaired,” Schiano said today, via

Martin won’t play Sunday at Seattle, and unless the injury is a lot less serious than has been reported, it really doesn’t make that much sense to risk further damage in a season that’s shot.