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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  • Karen Melanson Hartman

    I hope they don’t make ths sameistake Coach Shannihan did with RGIII , just better to air on the.side of caution when it comes to possibly losing a Pro Bowl player

  • Angel

    Play em. I need him in my fantasy. Not on the bench. C’mon Muscle Hamster!!!

    • Tiddy28

      If you’re more concerned about your fantasy team than the future health of one of the Bucs franchise players you can’t be a true fan.

      • Angel

        If Martin is going to play its because he wants to be out on that field. He’s tough. People are getting soft with this tough sport. All this ridiculous CONCERN.. It’s beginning to be a joke. Remember the old days?? It was a blue collar environment.

        • Tiddy28

          I don’t disagree with that, but in what is already a lost season, I don’t think there is a need to run him out there if he isn’t completely healthy.

          • Angel

            True. But it doesn’t exactly mean bench every good player that is able to recover and play. You just don’t turn off the competition.

          • Angel

            Competition***