Friday, December 2, 2016, 6:13pm
Buccaneers RB Jacquizz Rodgers (foot, questionable) took full practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 13. He’ll likely back up Doug Martin this week. Charles Sims may be able to return next week.
Thursday, December 1, 2016, 6:10pm
Buccaneers RB Jacquizz Rodgers (foot) took full practice reps again Thursday. The Bucs waived Mike James which means that it’s likely Rodgers makes his return this week. He’ll likely back up Doug Martin this week. Charles Sims may be able to return next week.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 6:36pm
Buccaneers RB Jacquizz Rodgers (foot) practiced fully Wednesday. The Bucs waived Mike James which means that it’s likely Rodgers makes his return this week. He’ll likely back up Doug Martin this week. Charles Sims may be able to return next week.
The Bucs continue to get key players back from injury, and RB Jacquizz Rodgers, out three games with a foot injury, could be next. Coach Dirk Koetter said Rodgers could return to practice when the Bucs resume drills Wednesday.
"We'll see what Wednesday brings. I glanced outside, and Jacquizz was out working on the field with trainers. We'll see," said Koetter, who said the topic of Rodgers' return came up as GM Jason Licht got a medical update Monday morning.
Related players: Doug Martin
The Bucs have had starting RB Doug Martin back for the past two games after he missed six with a hamstring injury, but Rodgers had two 100-yard games filling in for Martin and would add depth to the Bucs' running attack. Charles Sims, on injured reserve for the past six weeks with a knee injury, can return to practice this week, though he's not eligible to play until Week 14, after two more games.
Martin has not played in a game since suffering a hamstring injury in Week 2. He attempted to come back just prior to the Week 5 game against the Carolina Panthers, but he reinjured the hamstring during a workout.
Related players: Peyton Barber
He was limited in practice all week, and the Bucs were not optimistic he would make it through the week. However, Martin's steady improvement in the practices offered an encouraging sign. On the fantasy end, there's a chance he's on some sort of pitch count but given the injuries to the position, Martin could at least see time in key situations. Barber seems likely to get a fair workload as well.
Friday, November 11, 2016, 7:00pm
Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (hamstring, questionable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 10. The full practice is a good sign. He’s a game-time call, and the Bucs play early on Sunday. Beat writer Rick Stroud said that Martin “doesn’t seem prepared to play.” The matchup against the Bears (#10 in RB aFPA) isn’t bad. If he’s out, Peyton Barber would likely see the bulk of the touches and he’s likely to have a significant role even if Martin is active.
Friday, November 11, 2016, 7:00pm
Buccaneers RB Jacquizz Rodgers (foot, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 10. Rodgers is out. If Doug Martin can’t play, it’s likely going to be Peyton Barber and Mike James in the Tampa backfield this week.
Thursday, November 10, 2016, 6:38pm
Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (hamstring) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Martin says “hopefully” he can play, but it doesn’t sound like he’s quite at full speed. The matchup against the Bears (#10 in RB aFPA) isn’t bad. If he’s out, Peyton Barber would likely see the bulk of the touches and he’s likely to have a significant role even if Martin is active.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 6:38pm
In an interview with Sirius XM NFL Radio Friday, head coach Dirk Koetter told hosts Alex Marvez and Gil Brandt that Martin might return this week against Chicago.
Martin suffered the injury in Week 2 against Arizona. He attempted a workout the day before the Bucs left to play Carolina and suffered a setback. Koetter said last week he was hopeful Martin would return for Week 10 so it's a situation to monitor as the week goes on as hamstrings are obviously tricky injuries to deal with.
The Buccaneers have had a plethora of injuries at the running back position this season, but they may finally be getting some good news.
“We’re hopeful that after these three days off that maybe he has a shot at Chicago,” Koetter said, via Sporting News. “But hamstrings seem to linger a little bit. We’ll have to wait and see.”
It's hard to even remember at this piont, but Martin started the first two games of the season but suffered a hamstring injury in Week 2. The Buccaneers have also been without their leading rusher, Jacquizz Rodgers, who suffered a foot injury, and their second-leading rusher, Charles Sims, who’s out for the season with a knee injury. Antone Smith suffered a season-ending injury on Thursday.
Thursday, November 3, 2016, 7:01pm
Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 6:39pm
Buccaneers RB Jacquizz Rodgers (foot, out) did not practice Wednesday. Doug Martin (hamstring, out) did not practice Wednesday. According to ESPN’s Jenna Laine, Antone Smith is the most likely back to lead the team in touches this week, but it’s a fluid situation.
The Buccaneers are going into a short week, and they’re going in short on running backs.
“I don’t think it’s probably good,” Koetter said, via Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times. “But I don’t know for sure. It’s something to do with his ankle.”
Rodgers had topped 100 yards in his previous two games, and had 69 yards on 19 carries yesterday before leaving. He was replaced by veteran Antone Smith, and the Bucs don’t have many other options, with a game against the Falcons looming on Thursday. Undrafted rookie Peyton Barber’s the only other running back on the roster at the moment.
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