Koetter: Doug Martin had 'setback' in hamstring recovery
Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin, sidelined four weeks with a hamstring injury and once with hopes of returning this week, has had a setback in his recovery, coach Dirk Koetter said Wednesday.
Martin was not at practice as the team started its preparations for Sunday's game at San Francisco, so the Bucs will have to go with Jacquizz Rodgers, who rushed for 101 yards on 30 carries in their win against Carolina last week.
"Doug unfortunately did suffer a setback a week ago Sunday," Koetter said. "We'll just have to see when he can make it back. There's no timetable on that right now."
Martin, signed to a five-year, $36-million extension in the offseason, hasn't played or practiced since Week 2, and his top backup, Charles Sims, is on injured reserve with a knee injury suffered two weeks later, pressing Rodgers into a starting role. The Bucs on Monday added veteran Antone Smith, who was out of the league but played for Koetter in Atlanta from 2012-14 as a more experiened backup.
"No one feels worse about it than the player," Koetter said. "Injuries make it tough on our team, but we can't feel sorry for ourselves. We have to keep going."