It was a Sunday to remember for Buccaneers RB Doug Martin. After seeing his team fall behind 10-7 at halftime in their road game against the Oakland Raiders while he was held to a mere 31 yards, Martin stormed out of locker-room to demolish the Raider defense, rushing for 220 yards in the second-half en route to a 251 yard, four touchdown performance as his Bucs rallied to a 42-32 win. He scored on plays of f 45 yards, 67, and 70 while setting a Buccaneers franchise rushing record, and firmly planted himself into the conversation for offensive rookie of the year.
On the opposing side, it was an all-too common story was once again prevalent yesterday as Raiders RB Darren McFadden was injured after sustaining a high-ankle sprain during Sunday’s loss to the Buccaneers. McFadden has been one of the NFL’s most talented backs when healthy over the years, but injuries have claimed much of what could have been an outstanding career. He has never played a full 16-game season in his 5-year NFL career after being the 4th-overall pick out of Arkansas in the 2008 NFL Draft.
After entering Sunday’s game vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars with an injured left knee, Lions receiver Calvin Johnson said he had to take painkillers before the game to play on his injured knee, but was able to haul in six catches for 111 yards by halftime before being benched for most of the second-half during his team’s 31-14 romping of the Jags. After the game, Johnson said his injury will likely linger the rest of the year, but he hopes to play through it.
Steelers WR Antonio Brown suffered a sprained ankle during the teams’ 24-20 victory over the New York Giants, but has already said he will be ready for next weeks’ game vs. the Kansas City Chiefs.