QDoug Martin
RB TB (6)
20 minutes ago

Martin suffered a minor injury late in Sunday's victory over the Chargers, but head coach Dirk Koetter said after the game that Martin is fine, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

It's not entirely clear what type of injury Martin is dealing with, as he said he was "bent back" late in the game but did not provide any other details; however, Koetter's comments provide reason for optimism moving forward. Martin did not have a big day yardage-wise Sunday, accumulating just 68 total yards on 18 touches, but he did find paydirt for the second time since returning to action in Week 10.

QDoug Martin
RB TB (6)
7 days ago

Martin gained 87 yards on 23 rushes and secured both of his targets for two yards in Sunday's 14-5 win over the Seahawks. He also lost a fumble.

EDGE Analysis

One week after posting a season-best 63 yards on the ground, Martin provided an 87-yard encore that serves as his new high-water mark, while also carrying over 20 times for the second straight game. The effort also included a season-high 3.8 YPC, and the overall production could certainly be a sign of the fifth-year pro's improving health. He figures to be a particularly key clock-eating, chain-moving component of the Week 13 game plan against the Chargers, who can cause plenty of headaches for opposing defenses with the play of Philip Rivers and Melvin Gordon.

QDoug Martin
RB TB (6)
2 weeks ago

Martin gained 63 yards on 24 carries and secured three of four targets for 42 yards in Sunday's 19-17 victory over the Chiefs. He also recovered a fumble.

EDGE Analysis

Martin toughed things out on the ground against a stingy Chiefs front, while also contributing a season-high 42 receiving yards and season-long 27-yard reception. The veteran running back looked quick and decisive despite often finding running room to be at a premium, and his 63 yards rushing actually represented a high-water mark in that category in his injury-shortened campaign. While he looks to be back at full health and clearly capable of taking on a full workload, Martin will have a tough assignment in Week 12 against the Seahawks.

QDoug Martin
RB TB (6)
3 weeks ago

Martin gained 33 yards and scored a touchdown on 16 carries and secured one of two targets for 13 yards in Sunday's 36-10 win over the Bears.

EDGE Analysis

Martin couldn't find any running room against a stingy Bears front, totaling just 23 yards on 15 of his 16 carries. However, there were a couple of definite positives, one being his one-yard touchdown with 5:55 remaining that capped off Tampa's scoring on the day. The other was the fact he was able to get through the contest without reaggravating the hamstring injury he'd just returned from, good news for a Bucs backfield that has been decimated in recent weeks. Martin will try to take another step forward when Tampa travels to Arrowhead Stadium for a Week 11 tilt against the Chiefs.

QDoug Martin
RB TB (6)
3 weeks ago

Martin (hamstring) is officially active for Sunday's Week 10 tilt versus the Bears but will be closely monitored in every aspect, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Martin will be evaluated closely all the way from pre-game warmups through the moment the clock hits double zeros apparently, as the Bucs will guard as much as possible against a setback. Part of the maintenance will be proper hydration, which already began earlier this week when Martin was seen downing an abundance of water in between drills. How everything plays out in terms of workload in the backfield against the Bears thus appears to be largely dependent on Martin's ongoing condition throughout the game. Peyton Barber and Mike James will also be in uniform and available for as much duty as needed.

QDoug Martin
RB TB (6)
3 weeks ago

Martin (hamstring) is expected to be active Sunday against the Bears, but his workload is expected to be limited, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

EDGE Analysis

Martin's return is certainly a big boost to the Bucs' backfield, though if he has to split touches with Mike James and Peyton Barber then his fantasy upside is obviously not as high.

QDoug Martin
RB TB (6)
3 weeks ago

Martin (hamstring) is expected to suit up for Sunday's game against the Bears, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

In the carousel that has been the Buccaneers' backfield this season, Martin's presence will be a welcome relief following a six-game absence. After a week in which he built upon the previous day's workload in practice, it remains unclear whether he'll be able to handle a full allotment of reps. Among his competition for snaps are fellow running backs Mike James and Peyton Barber, though, so Martin may be used as the player that the team deemed worthy of a five-year, $35.7 million investment in the offseason.

QDoug Martin
RB TB (6)
3 weeks ago

Martin (hamstring) will be a game-time decision to play Sunday against the Bears, according to coach Dirk Koetter, ESPN's Jenna Laine reports.

EDGE Analysis

Martin has increased his workload in each day of practice this week, but he still hasn't been cleared to play, according to Koetter. While that leaves him a bit behind heading into the weekend, a decision on Martin's status isn't expected to be made until just prior to Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff. Knowing that, Martin's fantasy owners will need to keep a watchful eye on his situation before setting their lineups. With Mike James and rookies Peyton Barber and Russell Hansbrough comprising the Buccaneers' only healthy options at running back right now, they'll surely hope Martin can give them some snaps Sunday.

QDoug Martin
RB TB (6)
3 weeks ago

Martin (hamstring) participated in Friday's practice, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

It won't be clear how much Martin was able to do Friday until after practice, but it appears he was able to get at least some work in for the third day in a row. The Buccaneers will reveal Martin's official status for Week 10 at some point Friday afternoon.

QDoug Martin
RB TB (6)
3 weeks ago

Martin (hamstring) logged his second limited practice in a row Thursday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports. "I feel good. I was practicing yesterday and I'm getting there," Martin told Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. "I'm getting to that point and it's kind of frustrating but I'm just going to take all the proper steps and we have to take the proper steps to get me back on the field."

EDGE Analysis

The beleaguered Buccaneers received great news this week with the return of Martin, who was clearly referencing the setback with his hamstring in his previous attempt to return to the field in Week 5. His activity has so far included agility work, cutting, change of direction, and pass-catching, according to Laine. Ultimately, the coaching and training staffs will convene before Sunday's game versus the Bears in order to determine whether Martin is ready for the rigors of running back. With Jacquizz Rodgers still working his way back from a foot sprain, Martin's presence would be a welcome relief for a backfield that currently boasts Peyton Barber, Mike James, and Russell Hansbrough among its healthy options.