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RB Doug Martin - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

5-9, 223Born: 1-13-1989College: Boise StateDrafted: Round 1, pick 31

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (knee) is unlikely to play in the team's Week 3 game due to a knee injury, according to a league source. Martin will test the knee out pregame to be sure.

News you need to know

From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Sun Sep 14): Martin didn't practice on Wednesday and was limited for the rest of the week - his balky knee kept him inactive on Sunday after being listed as questionable to play on Friday.

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 15): Martin missed Sunday's game against the Rams due to a knee injury, and he might return to a timeshare with Bobby Rainey, who was very impressive in his stead. The Bucs play on Thursday at Atlanta and it sounds like Martin will play, but the size of his role is unknown.

General News (Wed Sep 17): partially participated in Wednesday's practice and is questionable to play this weekend.

General News (Tue Sep 16): partially participated in Tuesday's practice.

Week 3: at Atlanta Falcons

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Doug Martin didn't play last week due to his balky knee, so his lack of production this season has opened the door to Bobby Rainey (22/144/0 rushing with 3/30/0 receiving vs. St. Louis last week). Assuming Martin can play this week, we wouldn't be surprised to see a mix of Martin and Rainey handling the football - stay tuned to Footballguys.com's Players in the News later this week to see if Martin can get back on the practice field and prepare for some sort of role vs. Atlanta on Thursday Night Football. Atlanta's rush D lived down to last year's poor showing (last season, Atlanta was ranked 31st in the NFL averaging 135.8 yards rushing allowed per game, with 14 rushing TDs given up over 16 games) by giving up 28/139/3 rushing to the Saints' three-headed monster last week. The Falcons followed up with another mushy showing in Cincinnati, getting pummeled for 45/170/2 by the Bengals. Atlanta is currently ranked 26th in the NFL allowing 154.5 rushing yards per contest. Though Tampa has a great matchup this week, it appears they may have a two-headed attack these days as Rainey has been very productive while Martin stood on the sidelines to open the season.

Recent Stats and Projections

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1 vs CAR 9 9 0 2 1 7 0 0
3 at ATL PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 0 * * *
3 at ATL PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 0 * * *
3 at ATL PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 0 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs CAR (9 / 9 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

The most important part about Martin's day to highlight was that he left the game with an apparent knee injury resulting in only nine carries for nine yards. Martin and the Bucs couldn't get anything going. The Panthers linebackers did a great job of shedding blocks and filling gaps all day long. Martin himself looked to have some juice. He aggressively fought for yards despite being met in the backfield on a number of rushes. Martin didn't see enough action to fully determine if we'll see an improvement during the 2014 season. It's unclear as to the severity of the injury he suffered. It's important to note that Logan Mankins, newly acquired guard from the Patriots, left the game with an injury.

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Latest News

Buccaneers | Bobby Rainey limited (Fri Sep 19, 02:55 AM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Bobby Rainey, starting in place of injured RB Doug Martin, only gained 41 yards on 11 carries Thursday, Sept. 18, against the Atlanta Falcons. Rainey rushed for 163 yards in a 2013 game against Atlanta.

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Buccaneers | Week 3 Inactives (Thu Sep 18, 07:06 PM) - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have declared TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, RB Doug Martin, DL Gerald McCoy, OT Kevin Pamphile, CB Kip Edwards, LB Mason Foster, OG Rishaw Johnson inactive for Week 3.

Buccaneers | Doug Martin inactive (Thu Sep 18, 07:01 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (knee) is officially inactive Thursday, Sept. 18.

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Buccaneers | Doug Martin not expected to be involved (Thu Sep 18, 04:34 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (knee) may not be active in Week 3 against the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, Sept. 18. If he is active, he's not expected to be involved much in the game plan.

Our View: Bump up Rainey, who we are liking as a really good RB2 with some upside. Atlanta hasn't fixed their run defense and Rainey has shown he can rock out when needed. We like him Thursday night.
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Buccaneers | Doug Martin unlikely to play (Thu Sep 18, 12:43 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (knee) is unlikely to play in the team's Week 3 game due to a knee injury, according to a league source. Martin will test the knee out pregame to be sure.

Our View: So much for the RBBC. This should move Rainey up to the level of a RB2 with RB1 upside as he has a great matchup and will get the rock a ton.
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Schedule

3@ Atlanta Falcons
4@ Pittsburgh Steelers
5@ New Orleans Saints
6vs Baltimore Ravens
7--- BYE WEEK ---
8vs Minnesota Vikings
9@ Cleveland Browns
10vs Atlanta Falcons
11@ Washington Redskins
12@ Chicago Bears
13vs Cincinnati Bengals
14@ Detroit Lions
15@ Carolina Panthers
16vs Green Bay Packers
17vs New Orleans Saints