Doug Martin‘s sophomore season is over. After taking the NFL by storm in 2012 with nearly 2,000 yards from scrimmage, the running back has been placed on season-ending IR by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Martin of course suffered a torn labrum in his shoulder a few weeks back, but the team was holding out hope that he could return to the field in 2013. Obviously, his shoulder wasn’t recovering at a quick enough pace and the Bucs had no choice but to officially end his season.
For most players in most situations, season-ending IR is a terrible thing. For Martin, it actually isn’t the worst of things. As a competitor, I’m sure the RB is very disappointed. But when you look at the big picture, it could be a good thing that he’s been placed on IR after only six games in 2013.
First and foremost, Martin plays on a Bucs team that’s going absolutely nowhere. Tampa Bay is going to be lucky to win two games this season. The safe bet is that Greg Schiano will be shown the door here in the next couple of months, so when Martin returns, he’ll have a fresh start with a new staff. On top of that, Martin’s legs are going to stay fresh. We all know that running backs have a limited shelf life and that’s especially true in today’s NFL.
Martin sitting out the rest of the way won’t hurt the Bucs’ playoff chances and at the same time, it will keep the mileage on his legs down. Look for the RB to come back strong in 2014.