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Aug 3, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (22) runs with the ball during training camp at One Buc Place. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Buccaneers RB Doug Martin returns to practice

There is finally some good news for Bucs fans! Tampa Bay Buccaneers star running back Doug Martin returned to practice on Monday after leaving the game Friday in the first quarter during the Bucs 25-21 preseason loss against the New England Patriots.

You can take a look at the play, which took place with 2:36 left in the first quarter, here.

Thankfully, Martin did not sustain a concussion during the incident; however, he avoided contact during practice simply as a precaution.

Martin has said that he “feels fine” and is ready to take the field in the Bucs’ third preseason outing on Saturday against the Miami Dolphins.

However, don’t get your hopes up yet. There is still a chance that Martin may not get to play this weekend. That decision lies squarely in the hands of Buccaneers Head Coach Greg Schiano.

The Buccaneers are already facing down adversity, as NFL Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton told 620WDAE in an interview that QB Josh Freeman was “God awful.” Freeman has seen very little play during the preseason, and has seen subpar results thus far.

One can only hope that Martin can get back on the field as soon as possible. He is definitely a driving force on the offense.

Last season, Martin led the Bucs in rushing with 1,454 yards on 319 attempts for 4.6 yard average.

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