Bucs place RB Doug Martin on injured reserve
TAMPA -- As expected, the Bucs have placed second-year running back Doug Martin on injured reserve with a torn labrum in his shoulder, ending his season with 456 rushing yards and one touchdown.
The Bucs had hoped Martin might be able to play with the injury and push surgery to the off-season, but he had not practiced this week, and placing him on injured reserve allows him to have surgery and begin the recovery process sooner. Rookie Mike James has stepped into his starting role and rushed for 158 yards in Sunday's loss at Seattle, the most yards by any rookie in an NFL game his season.
To fill Martin's spot on the 53-man roster, the Bucs promoted linebacker Ka'lial Glaud from the practice squad. Glaud, 6-foot-2 and 230 pounds, is an undrafted rookie who played for Greg Schiano at Rutgers and is now the sixth former Scarlet Knight on the Bucs' active roster.
The Times' Rick Stroud had reported Thursday that the team was leaning toward placing Martin on injured reserve, though Schiano had kept open the possibility as recently as Friday after practice that Martin could still play this season.
Martin ranked fourth in the NFL in yards per game before his injury, and was coming off a rookie season in which he made the Pro Bowl after rushing for a Bucs rookie record 1,454 yards and 11 touchdowns.