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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 rushed 11 times for 27 yards Week 12 against the Bears.
Martin started the game but rotated evenly with Charles Sims through the first three quarters. Martin had a nice 10-yard run where he showed the vision and burst that made him a hot property following his rookie season, but struggled to find room in the Bucs' horrible run scheme the rest of the day. Martin will likely be the better side of Tampa's new RBBC, but he will not be worth a start against a suddenly resurgent Bengals' defense Week 13. Nov 23 - 4:58 PM

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According to FOX's Jay Glazer, Doug Martin will start Sunday's Week 12 game against the Bears.

Martin, Charles Sims and Bobby Rainey are all active. Mike James was a healthy scratch. It's interesting that Martin, coming off an ankle injury, will grab the start considering how ineffective he's been of late. That said, he fits as an early-down back complemented by Sims who can catch passes and change the pace. Ideally, it's a backfield to avoid Sunday -- we could very well see an even split.
Nov 23 - 12:53 PM

Buccaneers declared Doug Martin (ankle) active for Week 12 against the Bears.

Martin has missed three games with an ankle injury, but reportedly saw "many" of the first-team reps during practice this week. Charles Sims is still expected to be the lead back, but Martin will get some early-down work as well. This is shaping up as a situation to avoid.
Nov 23 - 11:35 AM

According to the Tampa Bay Times, Doug Martin (questionable, ankle) got "many of the reps with the first team during drills."

Martin missed the last three games with his ankle injury. He returns to a backfield that was dominated by third-round rookie Charles Sims last week, and also has Bobby Rainey available. Martin should have an opportunity to regain a role, although he's been among the worst backs in the league since the start of last season. The Bucs run-scheme has been a disaster under rookie OC Marcus Arroyo, and rank last in the NFC with just 217 attempts. We might get more clarity by the time Sunday inactives are announced, but for now Sims is a risky RB3 only.
Nov 22 - 4:18 PM

Doug Martin (ankle) is listed as questionable for Week 12.

Martin was limited throughout the week, but reportedly looked healthy during practice Friday. The Tampa Bay Times expects him to return Sunday. Martin's role is up in the air after missing the last three games. Rookie Charles Sims (ankle) is also listed as questionable.
Nov 21 - 7:23 PM

Doug Martin (ankle) remained limited on Thursday.

It's not a given that Martin suits up for Sunday's game against the Bears, but he's trending in the right direction. Most signs point toward Martin being the Bucs' No. 3 back behind Charles Sims and Bobby Rainey upon his return, though it's possible he'll slot in ahead of Rainey. We just won't know until the Bucs play.
Nov 20 - 6:51 PM

Doug Martin (ankle) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

Martin is on track to return, but his role is up in the air. Bobby Rainey and Charles Sims have struggled in his absence, with the Bucs averaging just 84.3 rush yards over the last three games. Martin should be close to fully healthy after returning to practice last week. His status will be updated again on Thursday.
Nov 19 - 2:48 PM

Doug Martin (ankle) is officially inactive for Week 11.

Martin was able to practice on a limited basis and will have a chance at returning next week. Bobby Rainey should get the majority of carries, with Charles Sims expected to see an expanded role. The rest of the Bucs inactives are WR Robert Herron, CB Alterraun Verner, DE Da'Quan Bowers, OT Kevin Pamphile, TE Luke Stocker, and CB C.J. Wilson.
Nov 16 - 11:33 AM

Doug Martin (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 11.

Martin practiced on Thursday and Friday, but the one-win Bucs have no urgency to play him. Martin has been droppable in fantasy leagues for a few weeks now.
Nov 14 - 1:20 PM

Doug Martin (ankle) returned to Bucs practice Thursday.

He'll likely be listed as "limited." There's now a chance Martin will be ready for Sunday's game against the Redskins, but it's far from a given. Even if Martin does return, it will likely be as the No. 3 on the depth chart behind Charles Sims and Bobby Rainey. Martin is no longer a consideration in 10-12 team leagues, and is barely on the radar in 14-team formats.
Nov 13 - 2:03 PM

Doug Martin (ankle) is not practicing Wednesday.

The Bucs never gave a timetable on Martin's ankle injury, but he's in danger of missing his third straight game. Martin's status will be updated again on Thursday.
Nov 12 - 2:12 PM

Sources tell ESPN's Adam Schefter that the Bucs will still be open to listening to trade offers for Doug Martin this summer.

We don't need inside sources to know this. Martin, a major liability in both running and pass pro over the last two seasons, was inherited by the Lovie Smith regime. He's clearly fallen far out of favor and is now behind both Bobby Rainey and Charles Sims. The Bucs won't be able to get much more than a late-round pick for the player they took 31st overall in 2012.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 10 - 11:43 AM

Doug Martin (ankle) is inactive for Week 10 against the Falcons.

Martin didn't practice at all this week and was listed as doubtful. Bobby Rainey will get the start and handle the majority of the load with Charles Sims making his NFL debut as the No. 2. Mike James slots in as the No. 3 running back.
Nov 9 - 11:41 AM

Doug Martin (ankle) is listed as doubtful for Week 10.

Look for Bobby Rainey to operate as the Bucs' lead back against Atlanta, and rookie Charles Sims to mix in. Sims is making his first NFL appearance.
Nov 7 - 1:55 PM

Doug Martin (ankle) remained sidelined at Friday's practice.

That's a full week of DNPs for Martin. He's not going to play Sunday against the Falcons. Bobby Rainey will handle the bulk of the work as a legit RB2, while rookie Charles Sims will make his NFL debut and likely handle six-plus touches.
Nov 7 - 12:08 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Josh McCown
2Mike Glennon
RB1Bobby Rainey
2Charles Sims
3Mike James
4Doug Martin
GLB1Bobby Rainey
2Charles Sims
3RB1Bobby Rainey
2Charles Sims
WR11Vincent Jackson
2Louis Murphy
WR21Mike Evans
2Robert Herron
3Russell Shepard
WR31Louis Murphy
TE1Austin Seferian-Jenkins
2Brandon Myers
3D.J. Williams
4Cameron Brate
K1Patrick Murray