Buccaneers HC Dirk Koetter mentioned during an appearance on Sirius XM NFL Radio that there is optimism that RB Doug Martin can return from his hamstring injury for next week’s game against the Bears.
“We’re hopeful that after these three days off that maybe he has a shot at Chicago,” Koetter said, via the Sporting News. “But hamstrings seem to linger a little bit. We’ll have to wait and see.”
Martin appeared to be close to a returning a few weeks ago but unfortunately tweaked his hamstring again.
“These hamstrings are just delicate,” Koetter said. “He was 90-plus percent back and doing his rehab run one day and he tweaked it again. (Bucs trainers) kind of had to go back and start over.”
Martin, 27, is a former first-round pick of the Buccaneers back in 2012. He’s currently in the first year of his five-year, $35.75 million contract that includes $15 million guaranteed. Martin stands to make a base salary of $4 million for the 2016 season.
This season, Martin has rushed for 85 yards on 25 carries (3.4 YPC) to go along with five receptions for 34 yards receiving and no touchdowns.
We’ll have more regarding Martin’s injury as the news is available.