Martin sees improvement in injured shoulder
Bucs running back Doug Martin said his injured shoulder is responding to treatment and sounded optimistic about returning to the playing field this season.
"I'm doing good, I'm doing good,'' Martin said during his weekly radio show on 620WDAE. "I banged up the shoulder. Right now, I'm doing treatment with the trainers and we're taking it day by day, seeing how it feels. Like I said, we'll take it day by day.
"It's definitely gotten better. Day by day, the pain goes away and the range of motion increases so that's definitely good news.''
Martin suffered a torn labrum in his left shoulder after attempting to make a pass reception early in the third quarter of the Bucs' 31-23 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. When asked if the injury was season ending, he said, "No.''
The Bucs' leading rusher, who was named to the Pro Bowl after leading all rookies in rushing with 1,454 yards and 11 touchdowns, said the injury occured after he landed on his left elbow.
"It was a wheel route out to the left, I jumped up for the ball, I caught the ball, I guess the defender hit me and the way I landed, I landed on my elbow and my shoulder absorbed all the shock, absorbed the impact and that's how my shoulder got injured,'' Martin said.