Despite early reports that Doug Martin would miss the rest of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 2013 campaign, it appears that head coach Greg Schiano isn’t yet ready to count out his starting running back.
Apparently, the Buccaneers are expecting Martin to return from a torn labrum in his left shoulder as early as Week 10.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 24, 2013
That, however, seems overly optimistic considering the circumstances surrounding the injury. Not only is a torn labrum typically an injury that takes at least a few weeks to heal, but it’s an even worse situation for a running back that depends on strength and hard-nosed running to make his living. Getting hit in the shoulder over and over simply doesn’t sound like something that Martin can handle, especially only 18 days from now.
Either way, Martin will spend the next couple of weeks rehabbing the shoulder and hoping that it gets back to working order in time for the Buccaneers’ Week 10 showdown with the Miami Dolphins.
If Martin suffers a setback, though, expect the Buccaneers to shut him down for the remainder of the 2013 season. Currently sitting at 0-6, there’s no reason for Tampa Bay to rush his return and risk the injury lasting longer than it needs to.
Keep an eye on Muscle Hampster’s situation over the next couple of weeks. If you’re keeping Martin on your fantasy team in hopes of getting him back in time for the playoffs, though, I wouldn’t hold my breath.