Buccaneers' Doug Martin: Returns to drills Wednesday

Martin (concussion) returned to practice Wednesday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The activity marked Martin's first of any kind since sustaining a concussion Nov. 26 in Atlanta. Whether he practices on a limited basis or leaps all the way to full participation remains to be seen, but only the latter will imply that he's reached the final stages of the NFL's protocol for head injuries. During Martin's absence in Sunday's loss to the Packers, Peyton Barber was the centerpiece of the Tampa Bay backfield, racking up 143 yards from scrimmage. Meanwhile, Charles Sims (51 yards) and Jacquizz Rodgers (25) had minimal roles.

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