The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were reluctant to say that running back Doug Martin would miss the remainder of the season after suffering a torn labrum in Week 7, and it looks like there was a good reason.
According to recent reports, the team is hopeful that Martin will be able to return to the lineup in mid-November and finish out the season strong.
From Ian Rapoport of NFL.com:
Doug Martin will spend the next 18 days strengthening his shoulder & will wear a harness, with the target date for return Nov. 11 on MNF
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 24, 2013
If everything goes according to plan, the Buccaneers and fantasy owners will get their running back healthy and able to contribute.
However, there is a chance for a setback, so Martin isn’t completely out of the clear.
If there is a setback during his recovery, the Buccaneers will shut Martin down for the year and move forward with Mike James running the show in the backfield. The good news is that the Buccaneers process sets Martin up for the best recovery and a limited chance at suffering a setback and needing season-ending surgery.