Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin believes he was benched after fumbling on a key play at the Lions' 23-yard line during a 24-21 loss to Detroit on Sunday.
"When you turn the ball over and you fumble, your chances get cut pretty short, so that’s what happened there," said Martin, who started the game and had 10 touches in the first half, including a 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
Related players: Peyton Barber
The story said Martin fumbled on a play where he was against nine men in the box and also had a teammate fall on him. He didn't get a touch the entire second half after the fumble. Meanwhile, Barber had just three touches in the first half followed by nine in the second half. Barber was coming off a 100-yard game last week and owners were hoping he'd be more involved even with Martin back after injury. Going forward, this RB situation certainly appears cloudy.