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Bucs placed RB Doug Martin on injured reserve with torn labrum in his shoulder, ending his season.

Rookie Mike James will be Tampa's feature back the rest of the way, offering RB2/flex value. Martin's sophomore year was a major disappointment after he ranked No. 2 in fantasy scoring among running backs as a 2012 rookie, behind only Adrian Peterson. The future remains bright for Martin in Tampa Bay, but all Bucs skill-position players would likely benefit from a coaching change. And we fully expect one to come this offseason. Through 22 career NFL games, Martin has 13 touchdowns and a 4.3 YPC average. He's lost just two fumbles. Dynasty and keeper league owners should cling tightly to Martin. He's still likely to be a second-round pick in re-draft leagues next year.

Doug Martin RB TB 5 Months

The Tampa Bay Times reports the Bucs will make a decision on Doug Martin's (shoulder) rest-of-season status before Monday's game against the Dolphins, and are "leaning toward" placing him on injured reserve.

"You know I think it's really just going to be a medical decision," coach Greg Schiano said Thursday. The Bucs would be more inclined to push Martin were their season not in the gutter, but it is, and they have little to gain by putting their franchise rusher at risk of further injury. We highly doubt Martin plays another down this season, leaving feature duties to Mike James.

Doug Martin RB TB 5 Months

Coach Greg Schiano said a decision on Doug Martin (shoulder) will be made in "the upcoming weeks."

Martin is holding out hope that he can play through his labrum tear and then undergo surgery after the season. But even Schiano seems to think that might not be the best plan for an 0-8 team. "Truly, [it's a matter of] the doctors and the trainers telling me that he's capable to do this and there's no risk of further injury, [that] he's strong enough," said Schiano Wednesday. "And even then, we've got to make a decision organizationally, is it the best thing to do?"

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Coach Greg Schiano said Doug Martin will only be allowed to play again this season if doctors believe he can't do further damage to his shoulder.

Martin will need surgery to repair his torn labrum at some point. But he is holding out hope that he'll get cleared to play through the injury this year and then go under the knife in the offseason. Given that the Bucs are 0-8, it's hard to see the franchise letting one of their most talented players back on the field. For now, Martin is just week to week.

Doug Martin RB TB 5 Months

Doug Martin (shoulder) did not practice Wednesday.

Coach Greg Schiano said last week that Martin will need surgery, though the team has declined to rule him out for the season. Mike James will get another start this week against the Dolphins on Monday night. He's a middling RB2.

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Bucs declared RB Doug Martin, RB Jeff Demps, CB Devereon Carr, S Dashon Goldson, G Patrick Omameh, G Carl Nicks, and WR Chris Owusu inactive for Week 9 against the Seahawks.

Martin (shoulder) is out indefinitely and needs surgery, though coach Greg Schiano still hasn't ruled him out for the year. Mike James gets another start.

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Bucs coach Greg Schiano acknowledged Friday Doug Martin will eventually need surgery on his torn shoulder labrum.

"Eventually, he'll need to get it repaired," said Schiano, while insisting Martin could still return this year. Why the Bucs in good faith would let Martin play through a torn labrum is beyond us, but it's obviously irresponsible. They haven't won a game all year. It's a situation where ownership needs to step in.

Doug Martin RB TB 6 Months

Speaking Thursday, Bucs coach Greg Schiano effectively ruled Doug Martin (shoulder) out for Week 9.

Why the Bucs have yet to make Martin's absence officially official is anyone's guess, but it probably has something to do with far-fetched "competitive reasons." Mike James will handle early downs against the Seahawks, with Brian Leonard in line for passing-down work. Martin is unlikely to be ready for Week 10.

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Speaking Monday, coach Greg Schiano said Doug Martin (shoulder) will "hopefully" be able to play "soon."

Schiano conceded that right now, Martin can't play. That means Mike James will get another start Sunday, this time in a nearly impossible matchup at Seattle. Martin's timetable is extremely fluid as playing through a torn labrum for an 0-7 team appears counterproductive. Previous reports had Martin's timetable at anywhere from two weeks to two months.

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FOX Sports' Alex Marvez reports Doug Martin (shoulder) could be out "two weeks to two months."

It's believed that Martin is dealing with a torn labrum, but the team has yet to reveal anything. All we know is that both Martin and the Bucs don't believe the injury is season-ending. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Thursday afternoon that Martin is targeting a Week 10 return. If he experiences any setbacks over the next 18 days, the Bucs will reportedly shut him down. Martin owners need to hold on until we find out more over the next 2-3 weeks.