The Tampa Bay Buccaneers received some fantastic running from rookie Mike James in Week 9. And that’s a good thing, because help might not be on the way should the first-year runner start to struggle.
The Buccaneers have injury concerns at running back, with one talented young player placed on injured reserve, and another who might be soon to follow.
Pair of roster moves today: RB Jeff Demps is placed on IR & the open spot is used to claim rookie S Bradley McDougald off waivers from KC.
— Scott Smith (@ScottSBucs) November 6, 2013
Demps was just starting to show some promise as a change of pace weapon on offense before sustaining a groin injury and eventually being placed on injured reserve. It’s curious to see how long it took to decide to deactivate him, especially considering that his injury must have been on a similar timeline to that of Danny Gorrer, which would have meant a three-month absence.
McDougald is a welcome addition, as he can hopefully provide some competition and inspiration to Keith Tandy and Kelcie McCray and get some better performances out of the backup safeties.
Demps is out for the season, but the Bucs could yet receive more bad news soon at the running back position.
Second-year phenom Doug Martin could be joining Demps on the injured reserve soon, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.
- “Indications are the Bucs are leaning toward placing Martin on season-ending injured reserve and scheduling surgery to have the torn labrum his left shoulder repaired within the next few weeks rather than risk further injury to their Pro Bowl tailback with the team off to an 0-8 start.”
This is encouraging news, as there is no reason to rush Martin back and risk any sort of further injury or unneeded pain and suffering. Mike James will gain valuable experience as the primary rusher as he awaits the return of Martin in 2014, when the two will form a powerful tandem of running backs ready to carry the load for the offense.
No news was released today about Martin’s injury status, but we’ll update you as soon as we learn more.