Doug Martin Injury: Updates on Buccaneers Star's Hamstring and Return

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist

Dec 27, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (22) takes a handoff from Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston during the second half of a football game at Raymond James Stadium. The Bears won 26-12. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin had not played since suffering a hamstring injury in Week 2 against the Arizona Cardinals. However, he is ready to return.

Continue for updates.


Martin Active vs. Bears

Sunday, Nov. 13

The Buccaneers announced Martin is available to play in Week 10 against Chicago.


Latest on Martin's Practice Status

Friday, Nov. 11

The team announced Martin was a full participant in Friday's practice.


Martin Suffers Setback

Wednesday, Oct. 19

Head coach Dirk Koetter said Martin suffered a setback over the weekend, according to Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, and added that there is no timetable for his return.


Martin Return Alleviates Pressure on Winston

Martin, 27, is coming off his best season since his rookie campaign, rushing for 1,402 yards and six touchdowns in 2015 and adding 33 receptions for 271 yards and another score. He missed 15 games to injury between 2013 and 2014.

Martin is a focal point of the Buccaneers offense under second-year quarterback Jameis Winston. He signed a five-year, $35.75 million contract with $15 million guaranteed this offseason.

Getting Martin back in the lineup will help stabilize the offense and open up the field for Mike Evans and the Buccaneers' passing attack.

              

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