“Medical Clearance” Imminent For Doug MartinMarch 29th, 2014
Donning the Bucs’ new gear for a uniform unveiling party last night at the Stadium on Dale Mabry Highway, Bucs running back Doug Martin was happy to report his shoulder surgery ordeal is almost over.
The artist formerly known as Backwards Hat, beat writer Rick Brown of the Lakeland Ledger, was on hand and got great news from Martin.
Martin said he should get medical clearance next week and should be ready to go fully by the time mini-camp comes April 22.
“It’s been too long since I’ve been in the game,” Martin said. “I can’t wait to get back on the field.”
The Bucs report back to One Buc Palace on April 7. The minicamp on April 22 is believed to be the bonus minicamp granted to teams with first-year head coaches.
Joe’s sure hoping Martin is ready for the pounding of the season come August. It still stuns and saddens Joe that Martin was drilled and sent to injured reserve while deep on a wheel route. It was a play that wasn’t successful on most occasions. Martin never looked comfortable in it. And it exposed him to needless punishment out of his comfort zone.
It’ll be interesting to see what kind of competition develops, if at all, between Mike James and Martin. The new regime is very high on James.