When Doug Martin went down with a shoulder injury in Week 7 against the Atlanta Falcons, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were already 0-5 and facing the prospect of finishing the season without arguably its best player on offense. The Bucs ended up losing the game, and winning only four throughout the season.
Now, with Lovie Smith leading the charge, Martin figures to be heavily involved with the power running offense that the coach plans to employ. Martin seems to be ready for the opportunity.
“I feel pretty good,” said Martin. “I’m doing everything the trainers are telling me. I’m coming into rehab and getting it done. I’ve got about three or four more weeks left before I’m ready to get back into the weight room and start running again so I can get ready to go.”
“We might hold me back from a couple things and keep track of what I do to make sure no injury re-occurs,” he said. “I get in the pool and I run for about 15 or 20 minutes. I do some curls and some abs to make sure I don’t get too big during the offseason. I’m keeping myself in shape.”
This is certainly good news for Bucs fans and second year quarterback Mike Glennon, who should be Martin’s biggest fan.