Bucs’ Martin Injured, Rookie James Gets Opportunity

Pro Bowl starter Doug Martin is out “indefinitely” after suffering a torn labrum in his left shoulder in the loss to the Falcons on Sunday, dropping the Bucs’ record to 0-6.

Mike James, who is currently second on the team with a mere 57 rushing yards this season, is expected to get the bulk of the carries for Tampa moving forward, giving the Buccaneers an all-rookie backfield with James and quarterback Mike Glennon.

Tampa Bay currently ranks 21st in the NFL in rushing offense (3.8 yard-per-carry average as a team) with only one touchdown on the ground through six games.

As the 18th running back selected last April, not much was expected of him as a rookie, but with the stage he has been given, James should be a reliable option for Tampa the rest of the season.

Source: Dane Brugler CBS Sports