RBs Martin, Rodgers still out as Bucs return to practice
For fans excitedly hoping that the Bucs could get Doug Martin or Jacquizz Rodgers back at running back this week, Monday's bonus practice for Tampa Bay offered no such promising news.
Martin, out since Week 2 with a hamstring injury, and Rodgers, out with a foot injury since the Raiders loss eight days ago, were both absent from Monday's practice. The only running backs in attendance were Mike James, signed less than a week ago, and rookies Peyton Barber and Russell Hansbrough. Hansbrough was promoted from the practice squad Monday to replace veteran Antone Smith, who had a season-ending knee injury in Thursday's loss to the Falcons.
The Bucs held three other injured players out of Monday's practice in center Joe Hawley, who missed a chunk of Thursday's game with a knee injury not believed to be a longterm issue, and receiver Russell Shepard, who was inactive Thursday after injuring his hip in the Raiders loss four days earlier. Guard Kevin Pamphile, who was placed in concussion protocol after Thursday's game, did not practice Monday, but receiver Mike Evans, who was evaluated for a concussion Thursday, was back at practice. Defensive tackle Clinton McDonald, who has practiced but still been inactive for the previous three games due a hamstring injury, continued to practice Monday.