Tampa, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin
has been diagnosed with a labrum tear in his left shoulder, an injury that
could sideline the second-year pro for the remainder of the season.
The Buccaneers have yet to disclose the severity of Martin's injury, which
occurred during the third quarter of Sunday's 31-23 loss at Atlanta. However,
the Tampa Times reported Monday that Martin's labrum was indeed torn.
According to the newspaper, the Buccaneers will hold off on placing Martin on
injured reserve in the hopes he can return later in the season. Tampa Bay has
already used its one allotted designated to return option on cornerback Danny
Martin put together an outstanding rookie campaign in 2012, compiling 1,454
rushing yards and 11 touchdowns while gaining an additional 472 yards on 49
catches. The 24-year-old has rushed for 456 yards on 127 attempts so far this
season, though his 3.6 yards-per-carry average is considerably lower than last
Rookie Mike James replaced Martin in Sunday's loss and is expected to take
over as Tampa Bay's lead back, with veteran Brian Leonard remaining in the
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