The bad news keeps on rolling in for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, if reports this morning about the health of Doug Martin are true.
Here are two tweets from national media members that reveal the latest on Martin’s status.
As if the #Bucs needed more bad news: I’m told the shoulder injury to RB Doug Martin is serious. Could be out several weeks or longer.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 21, 2013
Source tells @FOXSports1 Buccaneers RB Doug Martin suffered what’s believed to be a torn labrum in his shoulder. Season possibly over.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) October 21, 2013
There has been no official announcement from the team, so these are still just reports from sources. But if either one is true, the Buccaneers will sorely miss their most talented runner and a very important player for a struggling offense.
Martin fought and dug his way for every yard on his carries this season, and bailed out his offensive line on multiple occasions by breaking tackles for loss and grinding ahead for short gains. He made the running game for the Bucs look better than it really was thanks to his effort and tackle-breaking ability.
But he was also being used very heavily through the first six weeks of the season, and was on pace for a dangerous amount of carries. This injury will sideline him for a certain amount of time, which will force the Buccaneers to look elsewhere in the running game.
Hopefully the Buccaneers treat Martin with caution and shut him down for the season if he did indeed tear his labrum. There is no reason to play an injured Doug Martin in the closing weeks of a lost season, so pending the results of further tests the team should place him on injured reserve and allow him plenty of time to prepare for the 2014 season.