With the vast number of serious injuries various players sustained on Sunday, Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin sort of fell by the wayside. It is being reported this morning that Martin, who suffered a shoulder injury on a pass play Sunday, could be out several weeks, if not possibly the rest of the season. NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport reports this news via Twitter this morning.
Martin had an impressive rookie season but has struggled this season with just one rushing touchdown scored. Tampa’s play calling has become very predictable this season and opposing teams are stacking the box with eight, sometime nine men in the box in order to shut down the run.
Tampa plays on a short week as they host the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night. Martin will not play. Fantasy owners that have Martin on their roster, Mike James is his backup and he could see significant action moving forward, if not for the rest of the regular season.
James is not the back that Martin is but he does show explosive bursts at times. However, Tampa faces a tough defense Thursday in the Panthers and then the following weekend, Tampa travels to Seattle. Not favorable fantasy matchups, but if you are desperate, James will get the bulk of the carries moving forward for the foreseeable future.
UPDATE 12:00 pm EST- Several reports, including one by Albert Breer suggest that Martin has sustained a torn labrum in his left shoulder and will be out for the remainder of the season.