The Buccaneers have finally done the sensible thing and shut down star running back Doug Martin for the year after suffering a torn labrum and attempting to make a return to the field.
The news comes from Buccaneers.com’s Scott Smith:
RB Doug Martin has been placed on injured reserve, ending his second NFL campaign.
— Scott Smith (@ScottSBucs) November 8, 2013
Martin finishes his second season in the NFL with 456 rushing yards, one rushing touchdown, and 66 receiving yards in six games. It was obviously a frustrating season for Martin before his injury, and it ends with the disappointment of not joining his teammates for the final eight games of the year.
Mike James and Brian Leonard figure to pick up most of the carries for the rest of the season, with Bobby Rainey still around to fill in the gaps if there are any injuries at the position.
Martin should be able to have surgery sooner rather than later, and be fully healthy for any and all offseason activities. This will help him in the long run, as he’ll now be fully prepared for the 2014 season.
To take his spot on the roster, the Buccaneers have signed practice squad linebacker Ka’lial Glaud, who played with the team during the preseason.
To take Doug Martin’s spot on 53-man roster, Bucs have promoted LB Ka’lial Glaud from practice squad. Yes, he’s from Rutgers …
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) November 8, 2013