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Martin (ankle) had a team-high 11 carries for 27 rushing yards and one catch on three targets for four receiving yards Sunday against the Bears.

Playing in his first game since suffering the ankle injury back in Week 8 against the Vikings, Martin failed to average even 3.0 yards per carry for the fourth time in six games. While Bobby Rainey had only one carry for three yards, rookie Charles Sims picked up six carries, which he turned into 22 yards (3.7 YPC). It was hardly a stellar performance from any of the running backs, and it looks entirely possible that the Bucs could be starting a running-back-by-committee approach. If that's the case, all three will have limited fantasy upsides, even in Week 13 against a Bengals defense that came into Sunday allowing the fifth-most rushing yards per game this season.

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Martin (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against Chicago.

Martin will get his first taste of action since Week 8, as the back has missed three straight contests due to an ankle ailment. He returned to the practice field Thursday, and even took many of the first-team reps in Friday's session. Martin is unlikely to be immediately thrusted into the starting role, however, as the most likely scenario is that he'll be part of a committee involving Bobby Rainey and Charles Sims (ankle). For that reason, Martin becomes a bit of a risky fantasy play until more concrete information is known about the carry distribution in Tampa Bay.

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Ian Rapoport of NFL.com expects Martin (ankle) to play Sunday against the Bears.

We'll confirm this prior to game time, but all signs had been leading up to Martin making his return to the field following a three-game absence. Rapoport also expects rookie Charles Sims (ankle) to play, which leaves the carry distribution in Tampa Bay a little bit cloudy at the moment.

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Martin (ankle) received many of the reps with the first team during drills this week, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Martin is officially questionable to play Sunday against Chicago but the expectation is that he will return following a three-game absence. Rookie Charles Sims saw 13 carries last week to Bobby Rainey's four, and while Martin may eat significantly into the backfield work in his first game back, Sims figures to remain the top pass-catching option at the position.

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Martin (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against Chicago.

Even if Martin plays against Chicago, it seems safe to say at this point that Charles Sims is the favored running back in the Tampa backfield at the moment, and Bobby Rainey might be ahead of Martin, too. Sims (ankle) is questionable for Sunday, however, so the equation could change for Martin if Sims sits. Martin was a limited practice participant all week, whereas Sims was added to the report as a limited participant Thursday and Friday after practicing fully Wednesday.

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Martin (ankle) was limited in practice Wednesday, the Buccaneers' official site reports.

After practicing in a limited capacity to conclude last week, Martin still received inactive status for Sunday's eventual win at Washington. He seems resigned to building up his rep count in drills before he can play, especially due to healthy nature of the remaining running backs. No matter, continue to watch his status as the weekend approaches in case his first appearance since Week 8 comes to fruition.

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Martin (ankle) will not play Sunday against Washington.

Martin was able to log some practice time this week, but coach Lovie Smith indicated that the running back still isn't ready for game action. A combination of Bobby Rainey, Charles Sims and Mike James will handle the rushing workload for the Bucs on Sunday, with Martin setting his sights on a possible Week 12 return at Chicago.

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Martin (ankle) returned to practice Thursday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Martin's appearance in drills marks his first since suffering an ankle injury in Week 8, but his activity level has yet to be revealed. Clearly, his return is an encouraging sign for his potential availability Sunday in Washington. However, the rest of the backfield is healthy, meaning he'd likely have a difficult time wresting work from Bobby Rainey, Charles Sims, and Mike James, if Martin attains active status, that is.

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Martin (ankle) didn't take part in Wednesday's practice, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Martin has missed all drills since sustaining an injured ankle in Week 8, and until he makes an appearance, it's difficult to project when in fact his next game will occur. In the meantime, Bobby Rainey will head the Bucs' backfield, with Mike James and Charles Sims present to act in complementary roles.

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Martin (ankle) is inactive for Sunday's matchup against the Falcons.

Martin was considered a game-time decision despite missing another full week of practice, but will live up to his doubtful tag and take a seat Sunday afternoon. In his stead, look for Bobby Rainy to once again lead the charge in the Tampa Bay backfield, with rookie Charles Sims (ankle) potentially coming into play as well. Rainey turned in an impressive 4.6 YPC in Week 9 against the Browns, so even when Martin returns to health, it's starting to appear unlikely that he reclaims the starting running back gig.