It appears the Tampa Bay Bucs had a timetable for the the return of running back Doug Martin, after all. After a week of adamantly denying the second year back would be done for the season, NFL insider Ian Rapoport reports the Buccaneers want Martin to return in Week 10.
UPDATE: While the Bucs wait to see if Martin’s shoulder will heal enough to allow for him to return next week, JoeBucsFan.com reports that Bucs head coach Greg Schiano has said that Martin will eventually need to have the shoulder repaired.
NFL Media’s Alex Flanagan reported that the Bucs are still waiting on an evaluation from Dr. James Andrews that will decide if Martin can cause further damage his shoulder by playing with this type of injury. If not, the Bucs would like for him to play through the injury and have reportedly cited John Lynch as a player who has successfully played through a similar shoulder injury.
This is a baffling story, coming from a winless team halfway through the season. The Bucs will ...