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Doug Martin Eyeing Week 10 Return

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Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images.
Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images.

In what may be the oddest timetable for a return from injury, Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin has been given a vague range of “two weeks to two months,” according to Alex Marvez of Fox Sports.

It was just yesterday that NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported that Martin was eyeing a Week 10 return, but that seemed like an overly optimistic target date. The plan is to have Martin rehab and strengthen his shoulder to a point where he can play again this season.

A torn labrum is, admittedly, a tricky injury to properly diagnose in terms of estimating a recovery period. Rehab is, in most cases, a viable option. However, surgery is definitely still an option depending on how his body responds.

When asked about whether his shoulder injury would end his season, Martin said, “No. 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.’’

Risking further injury to their franchise tailback in a winless season seems like a poor decision to make. However, coach Greg Schiano certainly has not made many good ones during his tenure in Tampa Bay.