Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Bucs' Martin passes concussion tests

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Bucs RB Doug Martin's night got off to a bad start and got only worse. But he did escape a major injury.

A missed block by Martin contributed to QB Josh Freeman taking a sack on the Bucs' first offensive play in Friday's 25-21 preseason loss to the Patriots. Later, Martin, in pass protection again, went low on Patriots DE Chandler Jones, and one of Jones' knees struck the top of Martin's helmet.

Martin was wobbly but went to the locker room under his own power. He said he passed concussion tests and could have returned to the game.

"It was just a tough play," Martin said. "Things happen."

If Martin had suffered a concussion, he would have been out indefinitely.

Treatment of concussions is highly regulated by the NFL. Depending on the results of required tests, players can be sidelined in subsequent weeks and can be barred from participating in practices until they have satisfactory test results.

More injuries: WR Tiquan Underwood sustained a knee injury, S Keith Tandy a shoulder injury and CB Anthony Gaitor a hip injury. Their statuses were not disclosed.

Good returns: The Bucs' starting offense did not score and had trouble moving the ball. And the starting defense allowed Tom Brady to go 8 of 8 passing on the game's opening series in giving up a touchdown. But there was a bright spot: kickoff returns.

Michael Smith's 63-yarder, during which he slipped through two tackles, gave the Bucs the ball at the Patriots' 42-yard line. The offense couldn't capitalize, with the Freeman-led unit going three-and-out with a net gain of zero yards.

Eric Page returned one kick 40 yards during the second quarter, bringing the ball out from 5 yards deep in the end zone. The Bucs ultimately drove 65 yards, capping the possession with a touchdown catch by Kevin Ogletree.

No Nicks: The Bucs had intended to get G Carl Nicks, who missed nine games last season with a toe injury that is permanently affecting him, his first action of the preseason. But the team opted to sit him after what it deemed a productive week of practice.

Long night: DE Da'Quan Bowers still isn't what you would consider a full-time player, not when he is being shuttled in and out of the lineup and playing well past the time starters have been removed from preseason games.

Coach Greg Schiano has been riding Bowers in an attempt to get him to play at a higher level. The team also is trying to get Bowers into better cardiovascular shape. The third-year end admits he still is getting winded.

Remember me? Former Bucs RB LeGarrette Blount continued his bid to make the New England roster with three carries for 10 yards during the first half. Blount said this week he didn't know where he stood in terms of making the roster.

Tebow! Tebow! One of the night's loudest cheers came when Patriots QB and former Gator Tim Tebow entered during the third quarter. He played after Brady and Ryan Mallett, and went 1 of 7 passing for minus-1 yard and ran six times for 30 yards.

Bucs' Martin passes concussion tests 08/16/13 [Last modified: Saturday, August 17, 2013 12:25am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Bucs probe how to fix deep-ball chances missed vs. Bears

    Bucs

    TAMPA — It was only minutes after the Bucs had demolished the Bears 29-7 Sunday when quarterback Jameis Winston tried one final time to connect with receiver DeSean Jackson.

    QB Jameis Winston says he’s focused on the deep-ball chances to DeSean Jackson he missed in the opener: “We left a lot out there.”
  2. Rays journal: Ugly first inning dooms Andriese, Rays against Orioles (w/video)

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — Rays manager Kevin Cash made a point of saying before Thursday's game that RHP Matt Andriese was among the pitchers who would most benefit from a strong finish to the season.

    Matt Andriese has a tough first: hits to four of first five batters, leading to three runs, the only ones he gives up in six innings
  3. USF journal: Record night for QB Quinton Flowers

    College

    TAMPA — They've pulled it off with offensive fizz and defensive flatness, and vice versa. They've achieved it on North Dale Mabry and neutral sites. They've attained it sloppily and convincingly.

    Bulls wide receiver Tyre McCants finds a holes in the Temple defense for a 24-yard reception during the first half at Raymond James Stadium.
  4. Joey Knight's takeaways from Thursday's USF-Temple game

    College

    Even when they do catch a break, the Bulls' beleaguered special teams can't hold on to it. After having four kicks blocked in their first three games, USF managed a positive special teams play in the first quarter when Kano Dillon got a piece of an Alex Starzyk punt. But redshirt freshman Craig Watts fumbled the …

  5. Vikings coach feels better about QB Bradford playing vs. Bucs

    Bucs

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford moved with a little more bounce in his step during the 15 opening minutes of Thursday's practice before reporters were booted.