The injury bug continues to target the biggest stars in the NFL, and fans will see a few more top players have early ends to the season.
After a few weeks of attempting a comeback, Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin was officially placed on injured reserve, as reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter:
Bucs are placing RB Doug Martin on IR.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 8, 2013
The team likely feels better about replacing him after seeing Mike James run for 158 yards last week against the Seattle Seahawks.
However, the more shocking news came out early Sunday morning when NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that Houston Texans running back Arian Foster is also out for the season:
Texans RB Arian Foster is out for the season, per sources. Multiple opinions revealed he needs back surgery.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 10, 2013
The #Texans will announce the move to put Arian Foster on Injured Reserve on Monday. It is a lumbar issue.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 10, 2013
Foster had been dealing with various issues throughout the year, but he had mostly played through them. This time it seems that the issue to too much to overcome.
As a result, Ben Tate—who is also attempting to play through broken ribs—will handle most of the running back duties, with Dennis Johnson also having a smaller role.
Of course, the injury reports around the league are not all bad. Week 10 is expected to see the return of a pair of quarterbacks who had been out for a few weeks with injuries. Jay Cutler is coming back to the Chicago Bears faster than expected after tearing a groin muscle, while EJ Manuel was cleared to play after missing time with a sprained LCL.
Fans and fantasy football owners should still follow these stories to make sure there are no setbacks prior to game time on Sunday.
Then again, NFL injuries can occur at any point, so you have to make sure to stay on top of what is happening at all times. Stay right here for the latest news and implications on each injury that occurs throughout the weekend.
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