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The Bucs seem confident that Martin (knee) will be available this coming Sunday against the Steelers, the Tampa Tribune reports.

We'll monitor Martin's status closely once the Bucs return to practice, but given that Bobby Rainey fumbled twice in this past Thursday's 56-14 loss to the Falcons, we suspect that Martin -- health permitting -- will have a chance to reestablish himself as the team's lead back in Week 4.

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Martin (knee) is inactive for Thursday night's contest against the Falcons, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Bobby Rainey will start in place of Martin and is likely to receive plenty of touches in a run-first Buccaneers' offense.

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Though Martin is slated to test out his knee in advance of Thursday's game against the Falcons, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport suggests that the running back appears unlikely to play in the contest.

We'll continue to monitor Martin's status leading up to Thursday's 8:25 ET kickoff, but in the event that he does sit out the game, Bobby Rainey -- who racked up 174 total yards in Week 2 against the Rams -- would be in line to head the Bucs' rushing attack on Thursday.

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Martin (knee) is officially listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Falcons, the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Martin was able to practice in a limited fashion this week, which suggests that he has a solid shot of suiting up Thursday. In any case, those considering Martin this week are advised to verify his status in advance of Thursday's 8:25 ET kickoff. If Martin is limited at all Thursday, or suffers a setback, Bobby Rainey could continue to see his share of work in the Bucs' Week 3 backfield, on the heels of a 22-carry, 144-yard effort this past Sunday.

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Martin (knee) was limited in practice Tuesday, the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Martin was able to practice with the first-team offense, but his reps were predictably capped, leaving his status murky heading into Thursday's divisional matchup in Atlanta. Even if the Buccaneers deem him active in Week 3, Bobby Rainey performed so well this past Sunday (22 rushes for 144 yards and three receptions for 30 yards) that Martin may only see a limited snap count, if he plays at all.

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Martin (knee) returned to practice with the Buccaneers' first-team offense Tuesday, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Martin missed Sunday's game with a knee ailment, but could return to action already this Thursday for the Buccaneers' divisional clash against the Falcons. However, since Bobby Rainey amassed 174 all-purpose yards with Martin out last Sunday, the distribution of Tampa Bay's backfield touches will be interesting to monitor Thursday, assuming Martin is made available. Nonetheless, the Buccaneers will be facing a Falcons defense that currently ranks dead-last league-wide, so both Martin and Rainey could end up enjoying their Week 3 matchup.

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Martin (knee) would have been a limited participant, if practice had been held Monday, the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Monday's injury report thus confirms an earlier report from the Tampa Bay Times. Once practice commences Tuesday, the true extent of Martin's health will become known, as the Buccaneers face a short week to prepare for Thursday's divisional matchup in Atlanta. Until he's cleared from his knee injury, Bobby Rainey will assume the bulk of the workload out of the backfield.

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The Tampa Bay Times indicates that if the Bucs had practiced Monday, Martin (knee) would have participated in some capacity.

That notion is based on coach Lovie Smith noting that Gerald McCoy, Mason Foster and Austin Seferian-Jenkins are the three Bucs who would not have been able to practice Monday. We'll revisit Martin's status Tuesday, but at this stage it appears as though Martin could be a candidate to return to action in Thursday's game against the Falcons. Filling in for Martin in Week 2, Bobby Rainey carried 22 times for 144 yards and caught three passes for 30 yards in the Bucs' loss to the Rams.

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Martin (knee) is inactive for Sunday's contest versus the Rams, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Following clashing reports Sunday morning regarding his availability, Martin will don sweats on the sideline due to his knee injury. Expect most of the backfield reps to be handed to Bobby Rainey.

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Martin (knee) will not play Sunday against the Rams, Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reports.

Martin is questionable on the injury report and there are conflicting reports whether he'll play. Check his status when inactives are announced before the afternoon kickoff, but he looks like a risky option at this point.