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Doug Martin Placed on Injured Reserve

Posted Nov 8, 2013

Friday Notes: Though the team took a little extra time to see if RB Doug Martin could possibly play again in 2013, the injury that he sustained in Atlanta has ended his second NFL campaign…And other notes

  • Doug Martin suffered a shoulder injury in Atlanta in Week Six but the Bucs took time to see if he could possibly play again in 2013
  • S Dashon Goldson returned to full participation in practice on Friday but WR Chris Owusu still did not see the field
  • The attention paid to WR Vincent Jackson in Seattle helped open up other options for the Bucs' offense
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin suffered a significant shoulder injury in Atlanta on October 20.  On Friday, November 8, the Buccaneers placed him on injured reserve, ending his second NFL campaign.  The nearly three weeks that passed in between are an indication of how highly the team values Martin's contributions on the field.

Though it was apparent not long after Martin was hurt that his shoulder would require surgery, the Buccaneers wanted to give the situation enough time to determine if he could regain enough motion in the joint to effectively play again this season.  The recovery time for the type of procedure Martin will require is not especially lengthy, and some NFL players have been able to play with a similar injury, so there was a window of time to observe his progress before making a more permanent decision.

The Buccaneers closed that window on Friday and Martin will have his surgery now and begin his rehab process before the start of the 2014 offseason.  Tampa Bay will play the second half of the 2013 season without their leading rusher, a player who accounted for 1,926 yards from scrimmage as a rookie in 2012.

The Buccaneers filled the open roster spot created by Martin's move to I.R. by promoting rookie LB Ka'lial Glaud from the practice squad.

Before suffering his injury, Martin played in six games and logged 127 carries for 456 yards and one touchdown.  He also caught 12 passes for 66 yards and returned one kickoff for 40 yards.  Rookie Mike James will continue in his new role as the Bucs' lead tailback; in two starts he has produced 197 rushing yards, including a 158-yard performance in Seattle last Sunday that ranked as the 10th-highest single-game total in team history.

The Buccaneers drafted Martin with the second of two first-round picks in 2012, trading up from the top of the second round to the 31st overall pick to snag the former Boise State star.  Despite the presence of running back LeGarrette Blount, the team's leading rusher in 2010 and 2011, Martin immediately seized the starting job and opened all 16 games in his rookie campaign.  By the end of the year, he was in the Pro Bowl after rushing for 1,454 yards and 11 touchdowns and adding 49 receptions for 472 yards and another score.  He broke the team's rookie rushing record and posted the second-highest totals in team history in both rushing yards and combined yards from scrimmage.

Martin's 12 total touchdowns were also the second-highest single-season total in franchise annals, and his 10 games with 100 or more combined rushing and receiving yards were the most ever by a Buccaneer in one campaign.  Among all NFL players, Martin finished fifth in rushing yards, third in yards from scrimmage and tied for sixth in touchdowns.  His 1,926 combined rushing and receiving yards marked the third-highest total by a rookie in NFL history.  He also became just the third Buccaneer rookie to be selected to the Pro Bowl, joining fellow running backs Warrick Dunn (1997) and Clifton Smith (2008, selected as a return man).

-- RB Doug Martin was the Bucs' leading rusher in the first half of the season
Martin is the second running back the Buccaneers have placed on injured reserve this week, as second-year man Jeff Demps saw his season come to an end on Tuesday.  Demps had sustained a groin injury in Week Six against Philadelphia and subsequently underwent surgery.  Martin also follows fellow offensive starter Mike Williams (hamstring) to I.R.; Williams was placed on that list on October 28.  In all, the Buccaneers have 10 players on injured reserve, including three offensive starters in Martin, Williams and tight end Luke Stocker.  In addition, starting left guard Carl Nicks has played only two games this season and is recovering from surgery on his foot.

* Martin now comes off the Buccaneers' injury report for Monday's game, but the list is still 10 players long.  Fortunately, only two of those 10 were unable to practice on Friday: G Carl Nicks (foot) and WR Chris Owusu (foot).  The Bucs weren't counting on Nicks this week anyway; he's still recovering from surgery on his foot performed several weeks ago.  Owusu is trying to get back on the field but has missed the last two games and hasn't practiced yet this week.

S Dashon Goldson saw his status improve on Friday, as he went from being a limited participant on Thursday due to his knee injury to practicing fully in the second major workout of the week.  Goldson has sat out the last two games.  The full injury reports for both teams are below:




Practice Status

LB Mason Foster


Full Participation

S Dashon Goldson


Full Participation

CB Danny Gorrer


Limited Participation

G Davin Joseph


Full Participation

FB Erik Lorig


Full Participation

G Carl Nicks


Did Not Participate

WR Chris Owusu


Did Not Participate

DT Akeem Spence


Full Participation

S Keith Tandy


Full Participation

LB Dekoda Watson


Full Participation




Practice Status

CB Nolan Carroll


Full Participation

S Chris Clemons


Full Participation

LB Dannell Ellerbe


Full Participation

T Nate Garner


Full Participation

LB Jelani Jenkins


Did Not Participate

T Jonathan Martin



LB Koa Misi


Did Not Participate

CB Dimitri Patterson


Limited Participation

TE Dion Sims


Limited Participation

K Caleb Sturgis

Right Groin

Limited Participation

* In the Tampa Bay Buccaneers games against Philadelphia, Atlanta and Carolina – Mike Glennon's second, third and fourth NFL starts at quarterback – wide receiver Vincent Jackson caught 24 passes for 331 yards and four touchdowns.  That accounted for 42% of the team's passing yardage and 80% of its total touchdowns in that span.

Obviously, the Seattle Seahawks took notice.  In Glennon's fifth start, at Seattle's earsplitting CenturyLink Field, Jackson encountered waves of coverage from the Seahawks' talented secondary and finished the day with two receptions for 11 yards on just three targets.

Those were disappointing numbers…for any Vincent Jackson owners in fantasy football.  For Jackson and the Buccaneers, they were just another way to measure his value.  Seattle may have paid extra attention to Tampa Bay's number-one receiver and they may have taken him out of the game, statistically, but the Buccaneers still set a season high with 24 points, still got 350 yards of offense and still took the 7-1 Seahawks to overtime.

If that's the way it's going to be some Sundays, that is perfectly fine with Jackson.

“Yeah, that’s the thing, some weeks it’s just going to be me out there, drawing two guys, three guys and we have great playmakers on this team and we have a great running game," he said.  "I think we ran the ball well last week which was huge for us and really helped our offense and sustained some drives. Some weeks are going to be like that and I’m okay with that. I’m just going to continue to go out there and trust the coaches, trust their scheme and put me in positions to be successful, but more importantly, put our offense in a position to be successful.”

That’s the thing, some weeks it’s just going to be me out there, drawing two guys, three guys and we have great playmakers on this team and we have a great running game.
-- WR Vincent Jackson
Of course, most weeks the Bucs are going to be looking to Jackson to shoulder a significant part of the offensive load.  If Mike James and the Bucs' rushing attack continues to excel as it did in Seattle, opposing defenses will be forced to pay more attention to it, and that should open things back up for Jackson.  And, even when he is a focal point for the defense, the team believes it has ways to get him the ball.

“They’re always going to dedicate coverage to Vincent, but we had some things going – up until last week – where … we had him as the primary guy on the route and he was still able to get the football. Last week, not so much, and that happens sometimes. You can’t let it happen too much. There are several different ways Miami can attack the receiving corps this week and it’s going to be interesting to see how they do it.”