Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin will undergo surgery today to repair a torn labrum exactly one week after the Bucs shut down his 2013 season and placed him on Injured Reserve.
Martin suffered the injury in the third quarter of a game against the Atlanta Falcons on Oct. 20. He was catching a pass out of bounds and landed hard on his left shoulder.
The Bucs were hopeful Martin could rehabilitate the injured shoulder and return by the season’s end, although head coach Greg Schiano admitted that surgery would be imminent regardless.
“We wanted to give it a couple of weeks to see how much he strengthened. Every guy is different. He did get better, but not well enough that we felt comfortable putting him in a football game,” head coach Greg Schiano said Saturday when asked why it took the team so long to put him on IR.
“You never know until you try it and he was going to need to strengthen and get the thing ready for surgery, even if he was going to have it now.”
No timetable has been set for Martin’s recovery.
His replacement, Mike James, suffered similar fate when he fractured his left ankle early against the Miami Dolphins Monday night. James had rushed for 156 yards the previous week against the Seattle Seahawks.
James was placed on IR Wednesday. The team then signed Michael Hill off Green Bay’s practice squad.
Veteran Brian Leonard is now the lone running back on the team who began the season on Tampa Bay’s initial 53-man roster. He is expected to split carries with rookie Bobby Rainey.