Report: Bucs optimistic Doug Martin can return by Week 10

Thursday October 24th, 2013

Buccaneers back Doug Martin says his shoulder injury isn't season ending. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Buccaneers running back Doug Martin tore his labrum against the Falcons. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The Buccaneers confirmed running back Doug Martin would miss Thursday's game with a torn labrum, but he could return to help salvage the season. Ian Rapoport of reports via Twitter that the team is optimistic Martin can return by Week 10.

Rapoport reports the next two weeks will determine if Martin returns or if the Bucs shut him down for the season.

PREVIEW: Panthers vs. Bucs

Martin was asked Tuesday if his shoulder injury was season-ending.

“No,” Martin said. “Right now, I’m doing treatment on it with the trainers and taking it day by day and seeing how it feels. It’s definitely gotten better. And my range of motion has increased day to day.”

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.