Doug Martin Still Sidelined

November 7th, 2016

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After saying last week on SiriusXM NFL Radio that Doug Martin was a definite maybe to be ready to play against the Bears on Sunday, Dirk Koetter and team doctors kept Martin off the practice field today.

The Twittering of Tampa Bay Times beat man Rick Stroud shared the news from today’s practice session. Media can watch the first 30 minutes, so it’s unclear what happened after that. The Bucs will be on the field until about 11:30 a.m.

Tampa Bay’s official injury report is due to be released, per league rules, on Wednesday afternoon.

After the injury to Antone Smith, the Bucs’ running backs depth chart currently looks like undrafted rookie Peyton Barber, Mike James and undrafted rookie Russell Hansbrough.

This has many Bucs fans stocking up on antacids.

19 Responses to “Doug Martin Still Sidelined”

  1. Tnew Says:

    I hope the next team that gives him a contract doesn’t rhyme with yuck n beers. So who thought that franchising him for another “prove it” year would be stupid. I guess the good news is that he is in a contract year next year and has minimal use on his legs this year. So the Glazers will pay him 15 mil for just over a season’s work when the next two years are said and done. That 12 mil franchise tag is looking pretty good right about now.

  2. Name Required Says:

    This is such a joke. And the joke’s being played on all of us fans.

  3. JonBuc Says:

    It’s a boat race between his and the Sweezy Swindle’s contract this year…

  4. Deminion Says:

    I woulda tagged him this off season ijs

  5. pick6 Says:

    the only thing the franchise tag would have done is cost the bucs more money for this injury shortened season. let’s assume he was tagged. fast forward to next offseason. do you think the bucs would bring doug martin back in 2017 for $4 million even if he goes on IR at this point? With how much help they need in the backfield I guarantee you they would.

    so, if you’re among those bent out of shape about not franchising doug martin, just pretend we did, and that he is playing out 2017 for $4 million. after next season the bucs can walk away at no cost and it’s all moot

  6. ElioT Says:

    Dude is done for the year. Put his a** on IR.

    Even if he gets cleared, what kind of shape could he be in after missing all this time and having a “set back”?


  7. Ga. Buc fan 40 years Says:

    The front office needs to hire a ballet coach to teach proper stretching techniques in their warm up workouts!!!

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  9. Zaza Says:

    There’s no way it isn’t a tear. I can understand the frustration we all have with Doug but it’s not like he doesn’t want to play. Hamstrings are tricky. Also I bet when,(yes I said when) Doug starts playing well you guys will all hop back on the bandwagon just as quick as you hopped off

  10. Bucsfanman Says:

    I hope this is short-term. I’d still like for him to suit up before the end of the season. In case anybody hasn’t been watching of late, we need RBs.

  11. Tnew Says:

    Pick.. we were on different sides of the fence back in the day so I take my hat off to you on this for sticking to your guns, no bs, really respect that. But being said, he seems to have a much different approach year to year with his off season conditioning. He is a beast, when he is on the field, but this is more the normal than last year was. The thing is we would have probably had to franchise him again next year if he would have approached this year like last. I’m not bent because of the numbers game, I’m bent because he doesn’t seem to bring his best every season. Thats why I was in favor of not franchising him and not signing him to a big contract. If that meant he walked then so be it. I also thought Elliot might fall to us in the draft (not even close) and that was my hope. Hope is why I’m not a gm.

  12. martinii Says:

    Martin is one muscled up dude (Hence: Muscle Hamster.) Problem is when this type of player pulls a hamstring he is out for a indefinite period of time. Unfortunately he has on more than one occasion showed that he can’t run all out for fifty yards without pulling something. I agree if he does come back we’ll hold our breath every time he carries the ball. Thats why I like a LeGarrett Blount type of back.

  13. pick6 Says:

    @tnew…i don’t fault anyone for being concerned by the contract year performance, but as a non-insider it’s hard for me to attribute this to his preparation, per se. the only reports i recall hearing this offseason\training camp was that he looked fantastic. now, there’s nothing surprising about optimistic preseason reports, but there wasn’t even a little bit of smoke about him not looking as good as last year.

    i personally just believe that with his size and running style, big workloads just affect him the following year. i actually thought this was an argument for the multi-year deal: 2 years at a lower average could pay off if year 1 was a down year and he returned fresh year 2. i figured heavy doses of charles sims would be part of the plan to preserve his body, but the whole position group just seems to be cursed this year on the injury front.

  14. Phil Says:

    Maybe it’s time to call Ray Rice.

  15. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Sometimes I hate being right. This is EXACTLY what I predicted if we gave him a contract.

  16. Stpetebucsfan Says:


    I am perceived as the choir boy here because I would never wish to see Hardy or Incognito or any of the congenital losers signed here.

    But if Ray Rice can play I’d probably consider him. He made one huge effup.

    His wife has forgiven him, he’s paid dearly for his transgression, if Talib and Blount and PacMan get a chance I think Rice deserves a shot.

    Of course we might end up finding out he has nothing left in the tank but it’s worth a gamble at this point.

  17. BucTrooper Says:

    Did Samuel L Jackson play Doug in “Unbreakable?

  18. Chris Says:

    Nah screw Ray Rice, we’ve got the undrafted 2.5 yrds a carry beast from Auburn and the greatness of Russell Hansborough, who sounds more like he should be playing basketball at UNC than taking up a roster spot.

  19. Buc1987 Says:

    Tnew Says:
    November 7th, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    “So who thought that franchising him for another “prove it” year would be stupid.”

    Not me.