No Need For Doug Martin To PlayAugust 27th, 2013
Joe loves Bucs running back Doug Martin like the next guy. What’s not to like? Cool dude. Great back. Can catch, and oh, can he run.
The perfect package.
Well, maybe not so. Joe has already touched upon Martin’s bangs to the head, which should be concerning if not worrisome. The way the NFL cracks down on concussions, and how Buffalo Bills quarterback Kevin Kolb may have had his checkered career finished because of concussions, hits to the head are not to be trifled.
Add to that the fact that — with rare exceptions — running backs simply don’t last long in the NFL, Joe wholeheartedly agrees with the very likely possibility Martin, a Pro Bowl running back, won’t touch the ball in the Bucs’ preseason finale with the Redskins Thursday.
Martin seems to be OK with that, as he talked about playing and not playing today.
“I practice full speed, I practice [at] game speed and that’s all I need,” Martin said. “The starters aren’t going to play, so we’ll ease our way into the regular season and get this season going.”
It would be a criminal waste of felony proportions if the Bucs were to use Martin Thursday night and he got his bell rung. Again. There is simply no logical reason Martin should touch the ball Thursday night, unless he is fetching a loose ball for a ball boy.
If Martin goes down for any length of time, folks, this Bucs squad will be in a world of hurt.