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Bucs place Doug Martin (shoulder) on injured reserve
Friday, November 8, 2013, 5:47pm
Neither the Bucs nor Martin can be blamed for exploring the possibility of rehabbing the injury and returning later in the season, but the stars never were aligned for that scenario.
It doesn't make sense to delay the inevitable surgery until the offseason when an injured Martin can't help turn an 0-8 season around. Once the coaching staff had a long look at Mike James' impressive Week 9 game film, it became an easier decision to end Martin's season.
It was the right move from a franchise standpoint, but obviously Martin owners are still reeling from the loss of their first round pick. Mike James looks like a solid RB2 for the remainder of the season.
Percy Harvin has 'no discomfort' in hip
Thursday, November 7, 2013, 10:33am
Receiver Percy Harvin is getting closer to returning, according to Carroll, but not ready just yet to practice full speed after recovering from hip surgery. He was held out of practice Wednesday, though he did work out before the team's walk-through.
"His hip, he doesn't have discomfort at all," Carroll said. "He ran today and ran well, felt really good about it and would love to practice today. We're just going to the next day. We're just going to make sure that we're doing it right. We want to see how this day impacted how he feels tomorrow. So we're just trying to work together to get that done."
Seattle has until next week to activate Harvin to the 53-man roster, but when the Seahawks expect him to make his debut remains uncertain.
"When we really feel secure and solid and he feels great, then we'll bust him out," Carroll said.
Harvin was rumored to return in Week 9, but there was a "flare up," though the team insists there was no setback. Whatever the case, it doesn't seem likely that Harvin will play this week which means Doug Baldwin (6-71-1 on 10 targets) will once again be a Sneaky Start. He has a great matchup with the Falcons in Week 10.
Crabtree, Manningham inching closer to return
Wednesday, November 6, 2013, 11:45pm
Manningham, who is coming back from two torn knee ligaments suffered Dec. 23, is farther along than Crabtree and is likely to play in some capacity Sunday against the Panthers. He was not listed on Wednesday's injury report and practiced in full. "The knee I had surgery on is better than the other one," he said after practice. "So I'm not thinking about that when I'm out there."
Crabtree tore his right Achilles' tendon on May 21. He wore a blue, non-contact jersey in practice and acknowledged he was easing his way back into his first practice. He didn't run routes at full speed and was noticeably cautious about leaping - and landing - for high passes.
The 49ers cleared Crabtree for practice on Tuesday, which triggered a 21-day window for bringing him from the physically-unable-to-perform list to the 53-man roster.
Manningham may be back this week, but we're not too optimistic about his upside as the #3 receiving option (after Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis) in a run-heavy offense. As for Crabtree, he's expected back in Week 13 (vs. the Rams), but he could return sooner. He has the Seahawks and the Buccaneers in Weeks 14-15 before a date with the Falcons in Week 16.
Saturday, November 2, 2013, 10:34am
Rivera said the Panthers will activate Stewart from the physically unable to perform list on Saturday before the 4 p.m. deadline, declining to speak in absolute terms because he didn’t want to get ahead of himself.
Rivera reiterated DeAngelo Williams, who is 10th in the NFL in rushing yards with 477 yards this season, is the team’s starter, but he expects six to 10 touches for Stewart on Sunday. No matter how you look at this, it's not a good fantasy situation. Rivera mentioned Michael Tolbert and Kenjon Barner getting in the mix, making it a pretty cloudy situation. Williams looks to be the one to still get the most carries, but that's not a guarantee and it could even turn to a "hot hand" approach.
Panthers won't force feed Jonathan Stewart
Thursday, October 31, 2013, 10:15am
Stewart practiced in full pads Wednesday for the first time since last November, and afterward pronounced himself good to go.
“I feel ready,” Stewart said.
“One thing we can’t worry about is making sure everybody gets enough touches. What has to happen is when these guys get their opportunities they have to be quality touches,” HC Ron Rivera said.
“We can’t force things. What we’ve got to do is (offensive coordinator) Mike (Shula) has to continue to call his game the way he wants to call it, and at the end of the day when you get your opportunity, make the best of it.”
Stewart is ready for his chance, saying his first carry Wednesday was a play called “20 Iso,” with Mike Tolbert the lead blocker.
DeAngelo Williams sat out of practice with a bruised quad, but is expected to play. His upside takes a hit with Stewart back, but it doesn't sound like the team is going to force feed Stewart the ball in his first game back.