Oct 13, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Philadelphia Eagles free safety Earl Wolff (28) tackles Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (22) as he runs with the ball during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Doug Martin Will Rehab Shoulder, Hopes to Return by November 11 for Monday Night Football

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may not be without their star running back for long, according to a report from Ian Rapoport of NFL Network and NFL.com.

The long delay between a Thursday night game and a Monday night game two weeks later allows more time, which the Buccaneers will hope gives Martin time to same significant progress in recovering from his injury.

 

Still, this seems like a very quick timeline for a 4-6 week injury to a young star on a losing football team. And the prospect of Martin needing some sort of supportive device on his arm and shoulder while practicing and playing doesn’t inspire confidence that the Pro Bowl runner is being treated with his future in mind.

 

Hopefully the Buccaneers aren’t afraid to shut Martin down if the future health of his shoulder is in any doubt. If he’s able to strengthen his shoulder and provide enough support to know with confidence that the shoulder won’t dislocate or otherwise become re-injured and possibly cause more structural damage, then it would be great to see Martin back on the field.

But if there are any doubts as to Martin’s health, especially a mere three weeks after his initial diagnosis, he should not be rushed back for a Monday Night Football game for a team that will have no more than two wins (and realistically will have one or zero wins).

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