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Bucs' Martin out indefinitely with torn labrum, but team hopeful he can return

Buccaneers running back Doug Martin lies on the ground after injuring his shoulder in the third quarter of Sunday's 31-23 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Martin left the game and did not return.

DANIEL WALLACE | Times

Buccaneers running back Doug Martin lies on the ground after injuring his shoulder in the third quarter of Sunday's 31-23 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Martin left the game and did not return.

TAMPA — Buccaneers running back Doug Martin suffered a torn labrum in his left shoulder in Sunday's loss to the Falcons and is expected to be out for an indefinite period.

The Bucs are hopeful the injury is not season-ending and do not plan to place him on the injured reserve at this time.

Martin was injured attempting to catch a pass in the third quarter of Sunday's game in Atlanta. He did not return.

Martin has been the Bucs leading rusher the past two seasons, and led all rookies in rushing last year with 1,454 and 11 rushing touchdowns. In six games this season he has rushed for 456 yards and one touchdown.

He is expected to be replaced by Mike James and Brian Leonard in Thursday night's home game against Carolina.

Bucs' Martin out indefinitely with torn labrum, but team hopeful he can return 10/21/13 [Last modified: Monday, October 21, 2013 12:36pm]
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