Martin (hamstring) gained 18 yards on four carries in Friday's preseason game against the Browns.
Martin proved his health by making a brief appearance, and then took a backseat to the Jameis Winston-led passing game. The roles haven't changed since last season, with Martin dominating the rushing workload while Charles Sims handles passing downs.
Martin is dealing with bruised ribs, which forced him to miss Saturday's preseason game against the Jaguars. After another day off for rest Sunday, Martin is expected to return to the practice field Monday, although he'll likely be eased into action. Martin is slated to be the Buccaneers' feature back this season and despite this latest injury, doesn't appear to be in danger of missing Week 1.
The team does not seem too worried about the issue and view his sitting out of Saturday's game as a precautionary measure. It's unclear when Martin sustained the injury, but expect the team to keep him on light duty until he' fully healthy. The 27-year-old projects to be the No. l back for the Bucs but will likely share some of the workload with Charles Sims.
Martin had five carries for 13 yards and one reception for 11 yards in Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles.
Martin only played the first few drives, but he should see more action in the second and third preseason games. He's locked in as Tampa's lead back, with Charles Sims (ankle) handling most of the passing-down work
The Pro Bowl running back has hit the ground running in training camp and looked particularly razor-sharp Sunday. Martin broke through the line on multiple occasions, including one where he would have scored untouched had it been live game action. Armed with a new five-year, $35.75 million deal, the fifth-year tailback encouragingly appears to be running with as much passion in the first several camp practices as he did throughout his 2015 contract year.
|1||9/11/16||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|2||9/18/16||@ ARI||4:05 pm|
|5||10/10/16||@ CAR||8:30 pm|
|Bye: Week 6|
|7||10/23/16||@ SF||4:05 pm|
|11||11/20/16||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|13||12/4/16||@ SD||4:25 pm|
|15||12/18/16||@ DAL||1:00 pm|
|16||12/24/16||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|2012||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||16||319||1454||4.6||70||11||11||58|
|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6||6||127||456||3.6||28||1||2||16|
|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||11||11||134||494||3.7||63||2||2||23|
|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||16||288||1402||4.9||84||6||14||61|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||0||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2012||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||16||49||472||9.6||64||1||4||3||18|
|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6||6||12||66||5.5||13||0||0||0||1|
|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||11||11||13||64||4.9||20||0||1||0||3|
|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||16||33||271||8.2||25||1||2||0||10|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||0||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2012||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6||1||40||40.0||40||0||1|
|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||11||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||0||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2012||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||11||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||3||3.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2012||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||1||1||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6||2||1||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||11||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||5||5||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|