Buccaneers place RB Doug Martin on IR list, end his season

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Doug Martin is done for the season. (USATSI)
Doug Martin is done for the season. (USATSI)

You think things couldn't get worse for the Buccaneers? Wrong, things just got worse.

That's because the team announced Friday afternoon that it had placed running back Doug Martin on the IR list with a torn labrum.

Martin hurt his shoulder last month, and the fear was that the injury would keep him out the rest of the season. The team, though, held out hope that he could return this year. Thus, the delay in putting him on IR.

"It feels all right right now," Martin said a few days after the injury. "I'm pretty sure [Monday] it'll feel better. Maybe not. I hope for the best."

In his second season, Martin rushed for 456 yards and a touchdown on 127 carries, and before he was hurt, his 81.9 rushing yards per game were the fourth-most in the league.

If there's any good news to this story, it's that Mike James, who has taken over for Martin, had his best game as a pro last week, rushing for 158 yards on 28 carries vs. the Seahawks.

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