It’s been a bad day for running backs in the NFL. The Cincinnati Bengals may be without their star rookie in Giovani Bernard Sunday vs the Baltimore Ravens,, and the Houston Texans may lose Arian Foster for the entire season.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin suffered a significant shoulder injury in Atlanta on October 20. On Friday, November 8, the Buccaneers placed him on injured reserve, ending his second NFL campaign. The nearly three weeks that passed in between are an indication of how highly the team values Martin’s contributions on the field.
Though it was apparent not long after Martin was hurt that his shoulder would require surgery, the Buccaneers wanted to give the situation enough time to determine if he could regain enough motion in the joint to effectively play again this season. The recovery time for the type of procedure Martin will require is not especially lengthy, and some NFL players have been able to play with a similar injury, so there was a window of time to observe his progress before making a more permanent decision.
The Buccaneers closed that window on Friday and Martin will have his surgery now and begin his rehab process before the start of the 2014 offseason.
After finishing second in the NFL in rushing last yer behind Adrian Peterson, Martin will finish his 2013 season having played in just six games and with 127 carries for 456 yards and one touchdown. He also caught 12 passes for 66 yards.