Doug Martin was forced out of yesterday’s game vs. the Falcons with a shoulder injury and never returned. Martin won’t return at all for the rest of the 2013 season. This is a huge blow to an unraveling Buccaneers team that has suffered an absolutely disastrous 0-6 start to the season. Martin was a consensus top five pick in fantasy drafts this season, going as high as #2 on various draft boards. The second year player out of Boise State had struggled to live up to the hype, falling far short of the gaudy numbers he posted during his rookie campaign.
The Bucs are in serious trouble moving forward and it’s highly likely that Greg Schiano will get the axe before any other head coach in the NFL. Consider the Bucs to be in the mix for the #1 overall pick and the Teddy Bridgewater sweepstakes in the 2014 draft.