Managing Martin’s Injury

September 13th, 2014

DougMartinThere are official injury reports, and then there’s a player talking directly about his injury. The latter provides a lot more information.

Doug Martin detailed his issue and status last night on the Buccaneers Radio Network.

Martin explained that a Carolina player landed on his leg, he felt pain and probably should have called for medical help in second half Sunday. However, Martin said, he pressed on. And after screwing up a blitz pickup –“that play did not go my way” — he called for trainers.

Those trainers examined and taped up Martin’s knee. He returned briefly but realized his injury was debilitating.

“I went back out there and I couldn’t do it, couldn’t go, couldn’t be as efficient as I wanted to be to benefit the offense,” Martin said. “I’ve been rehabbing it day by day. Right now I’m feeling good, feeling good, still taking it day by day.”

Martin said he was “was able to run a couple of plays” in practice on Friday.

Joe sure didn’t get the vibe that Martin is ready to go pound the rock 20 times tomorrow, like Lovie Smith surely would be ecstatic to see happen. And then there’s the matter of the Bucs playing in Atlanta on Thursday. It may not be wise to push Martin and then turn around and expect him to do it again in four days on the Georgia Dome turf.

Look for the 2014 rushing debut of Mike James on Sunday. He is healthy and played special teams last week after a preseason shoulder injury.

35 Responses to “Managing Martin’s Injury”

  1. Broy3434 Says:

    Hey Joe tell me if this sounds right tomorrow agains St Louis’ front: 1st play obvious handoff to Doug from single back. Next play I form pass with only two wideouts on the field on 2nd and 11. Incompletion on 2nd. 3rd and 11—-sack. That sound about right for what u can expect from a bucs offense seemingly no different than the Greg Olson days

  2. Harry Says:

    So Joe(s), you think Jamis Winston is coming out this year?

  3. Architek Says:

    Another victim report and this is what happens to bad teams they get man handled and beat up by superior teams.

  4. 1gr8buc Says:

    Broy why don’t you go fill out an application at 1 Buc, I’m sure they would love to have your knowledge and experience on their staff.

  5. Broy3434 Says:

    Hey “1gr8vuc” what I said went right over your head. I wasn’t saying that as a suggestion my point, “Cough moron cough” is they seemingly run the same thing over and over. Read carefully next time.

  6. Capt.Tim, Back from Davie Jones's Locker Says:

    Love Doug Martin. Really do.
    But ineffective last year
    9 rushes for 9 yards this year.
    Let him rest- start Mike James

  7. OB Says:


    We had a back that had one rush and gained more then the entire rest of the team rushing, the FB. Why didn’t they use him more and are they going to do so this week, can’t on of the Joes answer this?

    Seems to me this could be the answer to Martin being hurt.

  8. Tom Edrington Says:

    Yes, OB has a really good point and I could not figure it out either and I don’t believe any media guys posed the question…..

    The fullback gashed the D for that long run then never got another touch…..I love the old-school philosophy….run it until they stop it…..of course, a lot of Buccaneer plays get stopped…

  9. Kevin#1 Says:

    I’m with Capain Tim all day. I’ll put $100.00 down with anyone any week that if you split the carries between Martin and James that James has more YPC. ANY WEKK AND OPPONENT!!! James is better. AND he is a 7th round pick. This is why I suggested that IF….IF another team would have been interested in him that a trade would be wise and a bunch of clowns jumped on me saying it would be stupid to get rid of the best rusher we have ever had. HA!! Not even close. Yes it is nice to still have him around since Simms went down but so far Martin looks like a backup compared to his rookie year. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and let him play the first half against the rams.. If he can’t bust out with 4 YPC let James run the whole second half and watch the first down become a hell of a lot easier…

  10. Kevin#1 Says:

    It was also reported yesterday that Jeff Tedford will NOT be calling plays, but up in the booth observing giving his input AGAIN!!! So…unless MCCown put’s his big boy pants on and one of our RB’s can learn how to adjust and find extra yards we will be embarrassed yet again this Sunday…… it’s a bucs life

  11. Buccfan37 Says:

    Kevin#1… I agree with Capt. Tim also. I like Martin, but he is injured, let him rest. What were you agreeing with from his post?

  12. gotbbucs Says:

    Let him rest…..for the rest of the year.

    A committee of James and Rainey would be twice as effective as watching Martin play pin ball in there.

  13. kevin Says:

    @ buc fan I was agreeing to start Mike James

  14. kevin Says:

    I guess because of Tedford offense passing to the backs frequently they like rainey and martin better. But if Tedford is not calling plays and we are using this run it down theyre throats approach than James would be much more effective.

  15. clafollett Says:

    Joe mentioned the Layne run in one of his post game articles and he even questioned the lack of further touches. I agreed then and still agree. They need to find a way to use him more. Either as a blocker leading the way for Martin or James or have him following Stocker but they need to pound the rock and control the clock. Our D can’t stay on the field that long and expect to be effective or not rack up injuries from the beat downs.

  16. Boomer33 Says:

    I was not aware of Kevin1’s post about Tedford not calling the plays again this Sunday. This is becoming much more concerning to me as time passes. A man’s health is more important than a football game, and I’m sure this is the doctor’s orders. That being said, I was really looking forward to our new “upbeat” offensive schemes this year that were so highly touted in the preseason. Dang the luck.

  17. BFFL Says:

    I’ve already started searching 2015 mock draft reports.

  18. BoJim Says:

    Why’s everybody piling on Martin now? smh. With that said we should let him get his leg back. I think he will be fine this year. I like James mucho. Let him and Lane pound the other guys on Sunday.

  19. Martinii Says:

    So when are we going to see this super, secrete offense that we have been promised the entire off season. I don’t recall any new formations, new play calling, sustained tempo changes, gadget plays as advertised. Actually looked pretty generic to me. Maybe only Tedford can initiate it.

  20. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    If Mike James, Gholston and Bowers play well we might actually see a significant improvement over last week’s dismal effort.

  21. Jack Says:

    We might see more West Coast football this week: short, horizontal passing routes in lieu of running plays to “stretch out” the defense to open up the potential for long runs or long passes.

  22. Architek Says:

    BoJim everyone isn’t piling – it’s just no one is buying the ticket sales speak anymore but that doesn’t mean this can’t be a building year.

  23. Mr. Mudge Says:

    Broy3434 Says:
    September 13th, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Hey Joe tell me if this sounds right … [blah blah blah] … what u can expect from a bucs offense seemingly no different than the Greg Olson days

    Yeah, that’s a fair assessment after, ya know, ONE GAME!

    Recreational complaining.

  24. DB55 Says:

    McCown is money within 8yrd and out to the numbers past the hash markers. West coast O has to be the way to go. He hit every hitch route but he has trouble with anything outside of that box area.

    Yea I said McCown is money. Lol

  25. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    I’m still not worried.

    I will say this though. Martin tried twice to play through his injury. That says a lot.

    Also, the bad oline is why the injuries are piling up.

  26. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Which I predicted before the season started.

    I also was very skeptical of Tedford from the start. I sure would like to know if I was right or not.

    The Bucs could start gelling around the 4th game. Some players will be coming back, Tedford should be back.

    If they win they win. If they don’t they don’t. I still love them.

    Oh, and those looking for mocks, I really don’t get the point. Aside from being a bandwagon fan, you are also looking at players that could end up bombing this season and might not be worthy of taking.

    A complete waste of time.

  27. Newbucsfan!!! Says:

    Trade martin, glennon, barron, and maybe banks for draft picks or good players. How long have these players been with this team? If they have not come around yet then they never will.

    this is a win for the Bucs: winston/mariota in first, RG/DE in second, RG/Corner/Safety in the third. Bucs are good at left corner (still unsure about right), ROLB, LOLB (Lansanah), McCoy and Mcdonald, and safety at reduced price. Offense needs young QB, RG and a Tackle. This season is to see who can play and who will be here for depth next year. Best thing for the Tampa Bay Bucs!

  28. kevin Says:

    Im in favor of trading martin…..barron was a bad pick at seven. Banks and glennon both did pretty well considering the situations they were thrown into. If Martin can start seeing the field and finding open space better I would not be on him but he is not seeing whats happening well enough after the snap to react and get those extra yards to make first down easier for the offense.

  29. Buc1987 Says:

    Newbucsfan!!! Says:
    September 13th, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    “Trade martin, glennon, barron, and maybe banks for draft picks or good players. How long have these players been with this team? If they have not come around yet then they never will.”

    How long?

    Martin 2 seasons
    Glennon 1 season
    Barron 3 seasons?
    Banks 1 season

    Soooo wtf are you talking about none of them have been around that long?

    Man my wife knows more about the Bucs than you do…..

  30. Buc1987 Says:

    How long before anyone even knew Barber and Lynch were even on the team?

    Atleast 3 years before anyone knew who they were or they were any good.

    Good thing they did not listen to people like you back then. Pshhh this Barber guy’s been here 2 years now. He’s no good let’s trade em. Yeah and that Lynch guy too. It’s been 2 years and they both suck. Let’s trade.


  31. Jbeachbuc Says:

    I have the upmost faith in Mike handling the load tmrw… As long as he is truely healthy, if he is, then PLEASE stay that way,
    We really need you an Bobby now.

  32. clafollett Says:


    I think Buc1987 already clarified the years so I won’t reiterate except to correct Mark Barron’s time. He is starting his 3rd year just like Martin.

    How long have you been a Buc fan? Just this year? Please do some research before posting an asinine comment like that. You make it sound like these guys have been here sucking off the tit of the Glazer’s for years.

    Yes, the team sucked last week and may even suck for a few more. This team had more than 50% turn over. That would affect any team regardless of what L&L proclaimed.

    At least allow more than a year or two to see what a player can truly become.

  33. Buc1987 Says:

    clafollett…well then Martin and Barron have a full 2 season under their belt is all I meant by the years. As in how many full seasons of “proof” they are any good.

  34. sandman Says:

    BuccaneerBonzai Says:
    September 13th, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    I’m still not worried.
    Buccaneer; know who else is not worried? Alfred E. Newman. You are in great company. Anyway, why worry–this year is fu(ked! Now we know what Lovey and Tedford was doing in the basement, playing doomsday.

  35. BUCTROOPER Says:

    Martin is starting to look like Michael Clayton. Good rookie year and a lot of injuries and poor performance afterwards.