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Saturday, August 20, 2016, 5:49pm
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin will sit out Saturday's preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars due to bruised ribs, a team source told ESPN.
Martin is sitting out for "precautionary reasons," the source said, and the injury is not expected to affect him beyond this week.
The injury absence was first reported by The Tampa Bay Times and confirmed by ESPN.
Martin was a full participant in joint practices in Jacksonville, including Wednesday's padded practice. It is unclear when he suffered the injury, the story said.
Posted by Jordan Heck
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 12:07am
After a few down years, Doug Martin broke out again in 2015 and nearly led the league in rushing. His big production led to a new contract, and he's ready to do the same thing again in Tampa this season.
Not only did Martin finish with 1,673 yards from scrimmage last season, he also had 288 carries, which was second in the league. He'll get plenty of opportunities in Tampa Bay's offense to try and repeat his success.
While it's nice Martin played well last season, it's hard to ignore the two years prior. Yes, he had injuries cut his seasons short, but even beforehand, he wasn't playing well.
His usage could also come into play as the Bucs have a talented Charles Sims playing behind Martin. It obviously didn't factor in a year ago, but it's possible the coaches are looking for a way to share the workload.
Martin's overall numbers might take a slight hit, but overall, he should finish on the low-end of the RB1 spectrum.
2016 Strength of Schedule - TB
Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.
2015 Game Stats
|Per game||18.00||87.63||0.38||0.31||4.87||2.06||16.94||0.06||2.75||8.21||39.00/68.44||56.86% |