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Martin Ruled Out for Thursday

Posted Oct 23, 2013

Wednesday Notes: Though there is still a belief that RB Doug Martin will avoid I.R. after injuring his shoulder Sunday, he will definitely miss Thursday night's game against Carolina...And other notes

  • RB Doug Martin is one of three players on the Bucs' 13-man injury report who have been ruled out for Thursday's game
  • QB Mike Glennon is confident the offense can continue to pick up steam with Mike James and Brian Leonard handling the running game
  • Three Buccaneer defenders are gaining recognition as strong Pro Bowl candidates this year
Second-year running back Doug Martin will not play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night against the Carolina Panthers.  That doesn't necessarily mean he's seen his last action of the 2013 season, however.

The Buccaneers have not made a roster move with Martin since he suffered a left shoulder injury against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, nor have they amended Head Coach Greg Schiano's statement on Monday that the injury is not yet considered season-ending.  For now, Martin is merely one of three men on Tampa Bay's 53-man roster who have been ruled out for Thursday's game, along with two players – guard Carl Nicks (foot) and running back Jeff Demps (groin) – who had surgery the previous week.

That means rookie QB Mike Glennon, who performed quite well in his first NFL road start on Sunday, will now make his first NFL prime-time start without the help of his most reliable weapon on the ground.  The Bucs' backfield is likely to now include two rookie starters, with Mike James taking over for Martin behind Glennon.

"I think Mike James and Brian Leonard have shown that they’re able to play well also," said Glennon. "Obviously, we would love to have Doug because Doug is a great player, but as an offense and as a team we feel really confident in Mike and Brian to step up. I think Mike really looked good [Sunday], and Brian as well.

-- RB Doug Martin will miss his first game as a pro
“I think everyone just needs to execute their job. If we do that, then we’ll be fine.  Those running backs don’t need to try to be any different than who they are. If they just go out and do their job and play like they’re capable of playing, then we’ll be fine.”

Tampa Bay's 13-player injury report for Thursday's contest also includes three who are considered "questionable" heading into game day.  S Dashon Goldson (knee) and wide receivers Chris Owusu (foot) and Mike Williams (hamstring).  All three were limited in the team's only practice of the week, on Tuesday, which was a no-contact, lower-speed workout anyway.

The Panthers have just one player who is considered questionable or worse for the game.  The full injury reports for both teams, now with game-status designations, are below.




Game Status

CB Mike Adams



S Mark Barron



DE Da'Quan Bowers



TE Tom Crabtree



RB Jeff Demps



S Dashon Goldson



G Davin Joseph



RB Doug Martin



G Carl Nicks



WR Chris Owusu



DT Akeem Spence



S Keith Tandy



WR Mike Williams






Game Status

LB Chase Blackburn


Full Probable

DT Dwan Edwards



S Colin Jones

Not Injury Related


WR Brandon LaFell



S Robert Lester



CB D.J. Moore



TE Greg Olsen



CB Josh Thomas



* The Buccaneers made a small roster move on Wednesday, related to the other move the team made earlier in the week.  Rookie wide receiver Skye Dawson had been promoted from the practice squad to the active roster last Wednesday, but he was released on Tuesday in order to make room for the claiming of running back Bobby Rainey off waivers.

The Buccaneers clearly still have interest in Dawson because they quickly re-signed him to the practice squad when he cleared waivers.  To make room on that eight-man unit, the Buccaneers waived quarterback Jordan Rodgers, who spent exactly two weeks with the team.

* With Pro Bowl balloting now underway (vote here!), the analytical folks at Pro Football Focus have begun posting their weekly "Cheat Sheet" to help voters fill out a complete ballot.  With the new format for the all-star game, there is no need to break the suggestions down into two conferences, so the PFF analysts are essentially naming the best players in the NFL at each position.

According to this week's PFF Cheat Sheet, you can find a lot of Pro Bowl talent on the Buccaneers' defense:

  • Gerald McCoy is one of four selections at defensive tackle, along with Dallas' Jason Hatcher, the New York Jets' Damon Harrison and Detroit's Ndamukong Suh.  McCoy went to his first Pro Bowl last season.
  • Lavonte David is one of the four choices at outside linebacker, along with Kansas City's Justin Houston, Indianapolis' Robert Mathis and Kansas City's Tamba Hali.  As the PFF presenter points out, David is the only 4-3 linebacker in the bunch.
  • Darrelle Revis is one of the four picks at cornerback, along with Tennessee's Alterraun Verner, New England's Aqib Talib and Seattle's Richard Sherman.  Revis went to four Pro Bowls during his six seasons with the New York Jets.