The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will yet again be without their star running back, as Doug Martin was ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks.
RB Doug Martin will not play Sunday at Seattle.
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) November 1, 2013
This should come as no surprise, because even the most ambitious timelines had him back for the Monday night game in Week 10, with a Week 9 trip to Seattle being too quick of a turnaround given the severity of the injury.
Greg Schiano also told the assembled media that Martin would eventually need to have surgery on the shoulder to repair the damage done during the injury.
Schiano said that Martin will need to have shoulder surgery at some point, likely the offseason, to correct his issue.
— Pewter Report (@PewterReport) November 1, 2013
From previous reports on the topic, we have learned that Martin’s injury is mainly one of pain tolerance. But if there’s a risk of re-injury or further injury, there is no reason for Martin to try to play through an ailment that requires surgical repair.
Especially for an 0-7 football team.
Mike James will benefit from the experience as the starting running back, and Brian Leonard is worthy of a few carries to mix things up. There is no need for Martin at this point in the season, and there’s no justification for putting him in harm’s way.