Bucs RB Doug Martin back at practice to test hamstring
Call it the second-biggest piece of news you'll read today: Bucs running back Doug Martin was back at practice Wednesday, testing his hamstring for the first time since he injured nearly two months ago in Week 2.
Martin practiced with the team and appeared comfortable running through position drills -- the Bucs have been without the NFL's No. 2 rusher from last season since early in their loss at Arizona on Sept. 18. It's only a first step to him returning in a game, but it's one Bucs fans have been waiting to see for several weeks.
While Martin was back at practice, the Bucs are still without RB Jacquizz Rodgers, who is recovering from a sprained foot suffered in the loss to the Raiders 10 days ago. Rodgers, who had been in a walking boot Monday, was out of the boot and walking in a regular shoe in the locker room Wednesday.
More injury updates:
-- WR Mike Evans practiced again Wednesday, even though he remains in the NFL's concussion protocol after a hard hit on the sidelines in Thursday's loss to the Falcons. Evans also practiced Monday and is working towards playing Sunday, presuming he is cleared from the protocol.
-- LG Kevin Pamphile was not at practice as he also is in the league's concussion protocol. Center Joe Hawley was back at practice after leaving Thursday's game with a knee injury, and Hawley's healthy return would free up Evan Smith to play at left guard Sunday if Pamphile remained sidelined.
-- WR Russell Shepard remains out with a hip injury suffered in the Raiders loss. He was held out of Thursday's game due to the injury.