Sep 29, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (22) against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Arizona Cardinals defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 13-10. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Doug Martin and Dashon Goldson Will Both Have an MRI on Monday, Martin's Status Doubtful for Thursday Night

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a short week to prepare for the Carolina Panthers, and that may not be enough time for two of their star players to get healthy enough to take the field.

Here’s a tweet from Adam Schefter reporting the bad news about running back Doug Martin and safety Dashon Goldson.

Martin has already said he did not separate his shoulder, but there are other ways to damage a shoulder besides a separation. Clearly the injury in severe enough to possibly keep him out against Carolina, and further tests will reveal the extent of the damage.

As for Goldson, he attempted to play on his injured knee, coming back into the game and deflecting a pass before eventually leaving again.

 

An MRI could reveal some very frustrating news for Goldson, but it’s far too early for speculation. We will likely know the results of the MRI today, but don’t be surprised if Goldson misses out on Thursday’s game as well.

At 0-6, it would be wise for the Buccaneers to sit both players if they’re not at 100%. This season will not end in a playoff berth, so rushing players back from injury and risking a more severe re-injury would be foolish and irresponsible.

I am sure the players would like to play, because it’s their job and they take a lot of pride in it. But the Buccaneers have a responsibility to their players to keep them safe, and in Martin’s case it seems as if playing on Thursday would be somewhat risky.

Goldson and Martin are both going to be key players for the Buccaneers over the next few seasons, so they should be treated with caution and protected for future seasons with hopefully higher win totals.

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