Report: Doug Martin to Miss Three Weeks with Hamstring Injury
Looks like the Charles Sims show for three weeks, which should be the duration of Doug Martin’s time on the sideline.
There is a well-known saying in the NFL known as “Next man up”. The Bucs are going to be getting up close and personal with it, when it comes to Doug Martin. Check out the Tweet from NFL Inside Ian Rappaport:
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We all held our collective breath big time when Martin exited the game in the second quarter. All things considered, this news could have been a lot worse. We could have found out he was lost to a torn hamstring. Three weeks can still salvage a season.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s a tough group of opponents he will miss. In that time, the Bucs face Los Angeles, Denver, and Carolina. That takes us to the bye week, which gives Dougie an extra week of rest which will help.
The biggest question will be how Charles Sims, Jacquizz Rodgers and even Peyton Barber can handle the load in his absence. Can they keep the ball moving, and take the pressure off of Jameis? That will be the key question to answer if the early part of the schedule.
The second question will be about how Doug looks when he gets back. We have seen this movie before. When he has been banged up, he has not been himself. Hamstring injuries have the distinct possibility of lingering around, and that’s not a good thing for a running back, much less one that has had injuries in the past.
For some more discussion on this topic, take a listen to the latest edition of the Pewter Cast with special guest, our good buddy James Yarcho:
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It’s a short-term problem, not a long one. Thank goodness for that.