The Buccaneers announced on Friday that they have officially placed RB Doug Martin on season-ending injured reserve with torn labrum.
Tampa Bay was holding out hope that Martin would be able to return at some point this season, but it became clear that he could be risking an even more serious injury by playing. The Buccaneers will move forward with Mike James as the No. 1 running back for the remainder of the season.
Martin finishes his second year in the NFL with a disappointing stat line of: 456 yards rushing, 3.7 yard per carry average, 66 yards receiving, one touchdown and a fumble.
- According to Stroud, the Bucs are leaning toward placing Martin on season-ending injured reserve.
“You know I think it’s really just going to be a medical decision,’’ Bucs HC Greg Schiano said regarding Martin. “At what point do you say Monday is out of the question? We’ll see. And if it is, I think it’s going to be all or nothing. It’s got to be a decision we’ve got to make. Everyone collectively has got to make a decision and we’ve got to go with it. When we make it, I’ll let you guys know and we’ll move forward with it.’’
Martin suffered a torn labrum, which is expected to require surgery at some point. Martin still hasn’t practiced, despite some optimism that he could play at some point in the near future.
Previous reports indicated that the team was hoping that Martin would be able to rehab the injury and return to the field, but that is apparently unlikely to happen.