Doug Martin RB TB 3 Days

Martin had 10 carries for 17 rushing yards and failed to catch the only ball thrown his way during Sunday's loss to the Packers.

Martin finished with six more carries than backup Charles Sims (four carries for minus-1 yard), though the rookie was able to rack up 30 receiving yards on three catches. It was an ugly performance overall, and Martin could cede more touches to Sims in Week 17 against the Saints, who are allowing the fourth-most rushing yards per game this season, as the Bucs could try to see what they have with the rookie out of West Virginia in the season-finale.

Doug Martin RB TB 10 Days

Martin had 14 carries for 96 rushing yards and one catch on one target for three receiving yards during Sunday's loss to the Panthers.

Martin looked primed for a huge game, rushing for 92 yards in the first half, which included a single 63-yard run, but he was all but shut down in the second half as the Bucs abandoned the run despite being in a close game. It was by far Martin's best game yardage-wise this season, though he ceded seven carries to rookie Charles Sims, who rushed for 34 yards, while also catching three passes for 45 yards. Up next is a Week 16 matchup against the Packers, who are allowing the seventh-most rushing yards per game this season.

Doug Martin RB TB 17 Days

Martin had five carries for 22 rushing yards and one catch on one target for zero receiving yards during Sunday's 34-17 loss to the Lions.

Facing off against the league's best run defense, Martin actually finished with the same number of carries as rookie Charles Sims, though the latter lost four yards on his touches. The Bucs' rushing attack is simply a bust, and they are now averaging the third-fewest rushing yards per game this season. Up next is a Week 15 matchup against the Panthers, who have allowed the third-most rushing touchdowns this season, though there's little reason for optimism from Martin's fantasy owners.

Doug Martin RB TB 24 Days

Martin had 18 carries for 58 rushing yards and a touchdown, and one catch on one target for three receiving yards Sunday against the Bengals.

Martin set season-highs in rushing attempts and yards with his performance Sunday, and he continues to get plenty of looks ahead of backups Charles Sims and Bobby Rainey, each of whom were rumored to be ready to replace Martin as the starter this season. Unfortunately, the good vibes aren't likely to stick around, as the Bucs will face off against a Lions defense in Week 14 that is allowing the fewest rushing yards per game this season.

Doug Martin RB TB 1 Month

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.

Doug Martin RB TB 1 Month

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.

Doug Martin RB TB 1 Month

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.

Doug Martin RB TB 1 Month

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.

Doug Martin RB TB 1 Month

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.

Doug Martin RB TB 1 Month

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.