The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lead running back Doug Martin suffered a shoulder injury and left the game on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. After the game, Martin was trying to remain positive and said his shoulder wasn’t separated.
“We’re still evaluating what it is,” Martin said, via ESPN. “Just have to hope for the best.”
At first, X-Rays came back negative injecting some optimism into the Bucs clubhouse. Unfortunately, the MRI revealed that it was a torn labrum.
Albert Breer reported that “Martin suffered a torn labrum yesterday against the Falcons, and is out for the year.” Why Schiano is contradicting those reports or denying them isn’t clear. He didn’t provide a time-table or offer any other information other than that it isn’t season ending.
For now, Mike James will fill in at running back and get the start on Thursday night against the Carolina Panthers.
Bucs coach Greg Schiano says it will be a stretch for RB Doug Martin to play this week. Says team does not believe injury is season ending
— Roy Cummings (@RCummingsTBO) October 21, 2013