Martin isn't even on the depth chart for the NFC South battle. Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The running game failed the Buccaneers this season due to Doug Martin’s continuing struggles. For Monday night, they went with someone else.

The Buccaneers deactivated Martin for their game against the Falcons. This is because he violated a rule about team meetings. Regardless of his demotion, the Buccaneers wanted to give Peyton Barber a chance as a starter.

Martin hasn’t been the same running back since last season. After his 1,402 rushing yard season in 2015, he has 823 rushing yards in the last two seasons COMBINED. Ouch. He’s been a huge disappointment for the Buccaneers, and he likely won’t be back in 2018.

It’s just another rough chapter that is the 2017 Buccaneers.

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