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Doug Martin leaves Bucs-Patriots game after taking knee to head

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Doug Martin left Friday's game after taking a knee to the helmet.  (USATSI)
Doug Martin left Friday's game after taking a knee to the helmet. (USATSI)

Doug Martin's one of the best young running backs in the league, but he won't do anyone any good from the sideline. That's where Martin found himself on Friday after taking a knee to the head while trying to block an oncoming Patriots defender.

Martin went to the sidelines where he was briefly examined by trainers on the bench. Shortly afterwards Martin was seen being taken to the locker room with trainers.

Scott Hanson of the NFL Network described the injury as a "head injury" -- that would be my guess as well though the Buccaneers haven't announced anything (yet).

Assuming the worst case, that Martin has some sort of concussion, it'd be a big concern but he's got enough time between now and the beginning of the season to return. It stands to reason that Martin might limit the number of times he looks to dive at someone's knees going forward.

Mike James replaced Martin in the Buccaneers backfield after Martin was taken out of the game.

The man known as Muscle Hamster rushed for 1,454 yards and 11 touchdowns on 319 attempts while also catching 49 passes for 472 yards in 2012. He's the focal point of the Buccaneers offense.

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