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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.

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Although Martin (ankle) did not practice Friday and is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Falcons, coach Lovie Smith said that the running back will be a game-time decision, the Tampa Tribune's Roy Cummings reports.

Smith said that Martin is getting better, but an entire week of missed practice seems to fly in the face of that assessment. If Martin does play, he will likely be at less than 100 percent, and it's anyone's guess how the Bucs would choose to divvy up the carries between Martin, the recently productive Bobby Rainey and promising youngster Charles Sims. The doubtful tag speaks volumes here; don't count on having Martin available.

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Martin (ankle) is not practicing Friday, the Tampa Tribune's Roy Cummings reports.

We'll have another update later Friday once the Buccaneers release their official injury designations, but Martin has now missed every day of practice this week and seems headed for another Sunday on the inactive list.

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Martin (ankle) missed Thursday's practice, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Another absence doesn't bode well for Martin's availability Sunday against the Falcons, especially with one practice remaining this week. Further hampering his prospects are Bobby Rainey's Week 9 performance against the Browns (19 rushes for 87 yards) and the upcoming NFL debut of Charles Sims (ankle), who was limited in Wednesday's iteration of drills. While owners can hold out hope that Martin grows healthy enough to suit up in Week 10, a number of hurdles are in his path to fantasy relevance.

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

Martin is continuing last week's absence, which was spurred by an injured ankle suffered in Week 8 against the Vikings. In his stead, Bobby Rainey performed admirably, with 19 rushes for 87 yards, and the activation of Charles Sims over the weekend supplies the offense with a pass-catching threat out of the backfield. Thus, the Bucs wouldn't be left wanting, if Martin sits out for a second game in a row. As the week proceeds, though, expect his status to receive clarification.

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Martin (ankle) is inactive for Sunday's matchup with the Browns.

Martin had been listed as doubtful entering the contest after missing the entire week of practice, so it's not overly surprising to see him sit this one out. Look for Bobby Rainey to lead the charge against a Cleveland run defense that has surrendered 4.8 yards per carry to opposing backs. Charles Sims -- who was activated from the designated for return Injured Reserve on Saturday -- is also inactive for the game, leaving Mike James to pick up the remaining reps behind Rainey. Martin's status for next week's tilt against the Falcons remains up in the air at this point, with his practice time likely to serve as the main indicator of whether or not the third-year player will suit up.

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Updating a previous report, Martin (ankle) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Browns.

With Martin held out of practice the last three days due to the ankle injury, the Bucs look poised to enter Week 9 with a backfield comprised of Bobby Rainey, Mike James and Charles Sims (ankle). If either option thrives in his stead Sunday, Martin could find himself on the shorter end of a running back committee once he returns to active duty.

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

Martin didn't practice all week, so it looks like he's a long shot to play against the Browns. Bobby Rainey is expected to start, though rookie third-round pick Charles Sims (ankle) figures to make his debut Sunday and earn some snaps, too.