Buccaneers running back Doug Martin is done for the season, the team said Friday. He will have surgery on the torn labrum in his shoulder and start the rehab process and be ready to go for 2014.
Martin hurt his shoulder in late October and the Bucs wanted to wait and see what kind of motion in the joint he would have before they closed the window on his season -- but after three weeks, it's clear that he is not going to recover without surgery.
The recovery time for the surgery isn't expected to be that long, but it's the right move. At 0 and 8, there is certainly no need for the Bucs to push Martin back into this season. Plus, I'm sure that the 150-plus-yard effort by Mike James was a big factor in the team's decision to put Martin on injured reserve.
Another factor in the decision is that the Bucs offensive line is banged up and missing starters -- Davin Joseph is nowhere near his Pro Bowl form and of course Carl Nicks is out for the season after having surgery to clean out a MRSA infection in his foot.
So Doug Martin is done for the season, but there are still eight games left for the Bucs and you know this team is still driving for their first win of the year.
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