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Ian Rapoport of 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 4 Months

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 4 Months

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 4 Months

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.

Doug Martin RB TB 4 Months

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.

Doug Martin RB TB 4 Months

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.

Doug Martin RB TB 5 Months

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.

Doug Martin RB TB 5 Months

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.