Bucs still unsure if Martin will return this season
Bucs coach Greg Schiano said the decision has yet to be made whether Pro Bowl RB Doug Martin will return this season.
Martin needs surgery eventually to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, an injury suffered Oct. 20 against the Falcons. Since, Martin has been rehabbing and strengthening the shoulder in the weight room with trainers, saying he's seen improvement in both a decrease in pain and increase in range of motion.
"Everything is looking good," Martin said.
While Martin believes it'll be his decision whether he plays this season or not, Schiano indicated they could still decide to shut him down if that's what's best for the organization.
"It's just a matter of dealing with Doug and with our trainers and our doctors, is he okay to play? and is it in his best interest?" Schiano said. "Does it effect him negatively if we do the surgery at the end of the year or not. If at any moment it effects him negatively, then we'll do it now. That's what we're working thorugh as an organization, what is best for everyone involved? Because rehab on that is not a long rehab. It's not one of those deals where he'll be out six months or anything like that. But we'll see.
"We've not concluded or he'd be out there (at practice) or he'd be in the hospital getting surgery. We're dealing with it right now."
Schiano said the decision comes down to the doctors and trainers telling them that Martin is capable of doing this and there's no risk of further injury, that he's strong enough. "And even then we've got to make a decision organizationally, is this the best thing to do? That's what we'll do in the upcoming weeks."
Martin said it's a "feel thing" whether he returns this season, and "we're taking it day by day, week by week." Eventually, Martin knows he'll need surgery.
"It'll be my first surgery,' Martin said. "There will be some butterflies there at first, but that's what is needed to continue to my career and it's something I've got to do."