All eyes around the NFL turned to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’
second preseason game the other night against the New England Patriots when it began
being reported that running back Doug Martin exited the game with a head
injury. While there was initially a scare that the injury was
concussion-related, Martin told reporters after the game – including Stephen F. Holder of The Tampa Bay Times – that, after exiting with his head injury, he
passed concussion tests and could have returned.
Martin suffered the injury when he took a knee to the head
from Patriots defensive lineman Chandler Jones. The second-year rusher appeared
“wobbly,” according to Holder, but he was able to leave the field under his own
Concussions can keep players out for an indefinite period of
time, as you have to be cleared by doctors to return by passing base-line
tests. It doesn’t appear this will be a concern of Martin, at this point, but
sometimes it takes concussions time to rear their head. Of course, this is
amplified since Martin is considered one of the NFL’s best backs, and it
appears he and the Bucs dodged a bullet on this one.
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