Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin was the source of a bit of panic among Buccaneer fans on Friday evening when he left the field shaking his head after receiving a knee to the helmet on a pass blocking play. He would later be seen heading to the locker room without a helmet on, and could not be seen again on the field for the remainder of the game.
But there is good news, as first reported on Twitter by Stephen Holder of the Tampa Bay Times.
Doug martin says he did not sustain a concussion on hit in first quarter
— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) August 17, 2013
This is great news, as it would be the worst of situations to lose Martin so early in the season for any significant amount of time.
Martin’s backups benefited from his absence, as Mike James and Peyton Hillis both ran the football extremely well all game long, but the Buccaneers would not be the same without the threat of Martin in the backfield on week one of the regular season.
We will keep you updated if there are any further injury updates from Friday night’s game, including any word on injured Bucs Tiquan Underwood and Anthony Gaitor. Both Bucs’ backups left the game early, and while neither injury appeared serious, we will let you know as soon as more information is made available.