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Doug Martin | Running Back

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (25) / 1/13/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 215
College: Boise State
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Doug Martin (knee) is listed as questionable for Thursday night's game against the Falcons.
Despite the questionable tag, Martin practiced all week and is expected to play. He ran with the first-team offense over Bobby Rainey and appears on track to start. Martin will be an RB2/3 against the Falcons' bottom-ten run defense. Sep 17 - 2:35 PM

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Doug Martin (knee) participated in Tuesday's practice, and was running with the first-team offense.

It's a sign the Bucs fully expect Martin to go for Thursday night's game against the Falcons. The question is what his role will be. Martin struggled mightily in Week 1, while backup Bobby Rainey went off against the Rams in his absence in Week 2. For now, owners should consider Martin a borderline RB2 against a Falcons run defense that's been gashed through the season's first two games.
Sep 16 - 2:00 PM

Coach Lovie Smith suggested Doug Martin (knee) would have participated Monday if the Bucs had held a practice.

As beat writer Rick Stroud notes, it means Martin is "in play" for Thursday night's game at Atlanta. The Falcons have been gashed by the run game through two weeks -- surrendering a league-high five rushing TDs -- but Martin's role isn't entirely clear. Bobby Rainey went off for 22-144 and 3-30 in the pass game during Sunday's loss to St. Louis. This may be an even RBBC with Martin back.
Sep 15 - 4:20 PM

Doug Martin (knee) is officially inactive for Week 2 against the Rams.

Bobby Rainey is expected to get the start, with Mike James as the only other health running back on the roster as Rainey's backup. Rainey is on the back end of the RB2 radar against a Rams defense that plays the run decently well. Also inactive for the Bucs are RE Michael Johnson, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, CB Rashaan Melvin, OL Kevin Pamphile, OL Kadeem Edwards, and OL Rishaw Johnson.
Sep 14 - 2:35 PM

According to FOX's Jay Glazer, Doug Martin (knee) will be inactive for Sunday's game against the Rams.

A knee injury that originally seemed minor is serious enough to cause Martin to sit. Consider him questionable for a dreamy Week 3 matchup at Atlanta. Backup Bobby Rainey, who averaged just 3.88 YPC on 137 rushes last year, steps in as a shaky RB3 type against a very strong Rams run defense.
Sep 14 - 12:43 PM

Tom Krasniqi of 620 WDAE in Tampa Bay passes along a "feeling" that Doug Martin (questionable, knee) is "unlikely" to play Sunday at St. Louis.

It should be noted that this doesn't appear to be a firm report, and more along the lines of speculation. Krasniqi "expect(s) to see a lot of Bobby Rainey" ... "regardless" of Martin's availability versus St. Louis. The Rams-Bucs game doesn't start until 4:05PM, and on Saturday the Tampa Bay Times reported Martin was "expected" to play. At this point, the Bucs' backfield is shaping up as a situation to avoid in fantasy lineup decisions.
Sep 14 - 12:26 PM

Despite his questionable tag, the Tampa Bay Times reports Doug Martin (knee) is expected to play in Week 2 against St. Louis.

Coach Lovie Smith has been adamant all week that Martin was not benched in last week's loss to the Panthers, despite rumors to the contrary. Smith also promised the Buccaneers will stay committed to the running game moving forward. "I've talked about how important Doug is to us," Smith insisted. "Just our running game in general, we were trying to get it going with all of our guys. Doug is our lead guy. We weren't able to for whatever reason this first game, but we'll stay committed to it." Martin is an RB2 against the Rams.
Sep 12 - 11:14 PM

After practicing on a limited basis Thursday and Friday, Doug Martin (knee) is listed as questionable for Week 2 against the Rams.

The fact that Martin participated in practice on back-to-back days to finish out the week, even in limited form, suggests he is tentatively on track to play. Still, he may officially come down to a game-time decision, and is also in danger of losing some touches to Bobby Rainey, on whom the Bucs' coaching staff is clearly high. The Rams and Bucs don't play until 4:05PM ET on Sunday, so Martin owners need to have an alternative ready in an early game, or at the very least have Rainey rostered as a handcuff.
Sep 12 - 3:12 PM

Doug Martin (knee) participated in Bucs practice again on Friday.

Martin practiced on both Thursday and Friday after being in and out of last Sunday's loss to Carolina. The matchup gets easier this week against the Rams, although not by a whole lot. For now, at least, we're downgrading Martin to a dicey RB2. If he emerges from Sunday's game healthy and with a solid workload, Dougie could jump right back into the RB1/2 fantasy discussion.
Sep 12 - 1:00 PM

Speaking Thursday, Bucs coach Lovie Smith said there was "no truth" to reports that Doug Martin was pulled from Sunday's loss for poor pass protection.

Specifically, Smith said there was "no truth to that at all." Smith went on to say Martin's absence was injury related, which somewhat contradicts what he said in a Tuesday radio interview. From what we can gather, Martin was pulled from the game for good after getting shaken up on a hit from Bene Benwikere in the fourth quarter. Martin should play through his knee injury on Sunday against the Rams, but will be at less than 100 percent. He was limited in Thursday's practice.
Sep 11 - 3:49 PM

Doug Martin (knee) returned to Bucs practice on Thursday.

He'll likely be listed as "limited," but it's further proof Martin's injury isn't major. Fantasy owners can't take Martin's status for granted, but he should be out there against the Rams. At less than 100 percent, Martin is a low-end RB2. Backup Bobby Rainey figures to get some run against St. Louis.
Sep 11 - 2:00 PM

Doug Martin (knee) did not practice Wednesday.

Martin's injury isn't believed to be serious after coach Lovie Smith called it a "minor" deal on Tuesday. But he still can't practice after exiting the Bucs' Week 1 loss to the Panthers. Martin totaled 16 yards on ten touches in the defeat. If Martin can't go against the Rams, Bobby Rainey will handle lead-back work.
Sep 10 - 2:13 PM

Speaking in a Monday radio interview, Bucs coach Lovie Smith called Doug Martin's knee/leg injury "minor."

Smith hinted Martin could have even re-entered the Bucs' loss to the Panthers, suggesting he was simply benched for Bobby Rainey. "Doug did go down with a little minor injury there, so we had to make a change, and from there he was able to come back and he was ready to go," Smith said. "Bobby had come and had given us a little bit of life, and as I’ve mentioned we want to play more than one running back throughout." Smith's allusion to a benching is bad on the surface, but it wouldn't be the first time a coach downplayed an injury. We wouldn't be surprised if Martin had only been available on an emergency basis. Either way, Rainey is a prudent add for Martin owners. We should get a firmer idea of Martin's status when the Bucs return to practice on Wednesday.
Sep 9 - 1:16 PM

As of Tuesday afternoon, the Bucs have still provided no update on Doug Martin's lower-leg injury.

All we know is that Martin couldn't finish out the loss to the Panthers due to some kind of left leg or knee issue. He was optimistic when talking in the locker room after the game, but admitted he'd have to wait and see -- implying further testing. The Bucs have chosen to go Bill Belichick on us, withholding any additional info. Bobby Rainey is Martin's backup.
Sep 9 - 12:57 PM

Speaking after Sunday's loss to the Panthers, Doug Martin said he has to wait and see on the severity of his injury.

Martin had his lower left leg wrapped in the locker room and said he got hurt when someone rolled onto it. Presumably, he'll head for further testing on Monday. All owners can do for now is cross their fingers and add Bobby Rainey, who ran as Martin's clear-cut backup Sunday.
Sep 7 - 9:37 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Josh McCown
2Mike Glennon
RB1Doug Martin
2Bobby Rainey
3Mike James
4Charles Sims
GLB1Doug Martin
2Mike James
3RB1Doug Martin
2Bobby Rainey
FB1Jorvorskie Lane
WR11Vincent Jackson
2Chris Owusu
3Solomon Patton
WR21Mike Evans
2Robert Herron
3Russell Shepard
WR31Chris Owusu
TE1Austin Seferian-Jenkins
2Brandon Myers
3Luke Stocker
K1Patrick Murray