Thursday, June 21, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs put Martin on injured reserve

TAMPA — As expected, the Bucs placed RB Doug Martin on injured reserve with a torn labrum in his shoulder Friday, ending his season with 456 yards and one touchdown.

The Bucs hoped Martin could play and push surgery to the offseason. But he did not practiced this week, and placing him on injured reserve allows him to have surgery and begin the recovery process sooner.

Rookie Mike James, who ran for 158 yards in Sunday's loss at Seattle, will remain the starter.

To fill Martin's spot on the 53-man roster, the Bucs promoted LB Ka'lial Glaud from the practice squad. The 6-foot-2, 230 pounder is an undrafted rookie who played for coach Greg Schiano at Rutgers. He's the sixth former Scarlet Knight on the Bucs' active roster.

Martin ranked fourth in the NFL in yards per game before his injury and was coming off a rookie season in which he made the Pro Bowl after rushing for Bucs rookie records of 1,454 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Freeman probe: The Bucs have asked the NFL to quickly conclude its investigation into if Schiano or others in the organization violated the confidentiality of Josh Freeman's participation in the substance abuse program. Schiano, GM Mark Dominik were questioned several weeks ago. There remains no timetable for an announcement.

EXTRA ATTENTION: With WR Mike Williams done for the year due to hamstring surgery, you knew it would get tougher for Vincent Jackson.

Jackson, a 2012 Pro Bowl pick and the Bucs' top receiving option, has received even more attention from defenses, which shadow their coverage toward his side of the field. The Bucs have tried to move Jackson around to get him open. But last week, he had just two catches for a season-low 11 yards while being targeted a season-low four times.

Jackson said he won't let it frustrate him.

"Some weeks, it's just going to be me out there drawing two guys, three guys," Jackson said. "We have great playmakers on this team, a great running game. Some weeks, it's going to be like that. I'm okay with that. I'm going to continue to go out there and trust the coaches, trust their schemes and put me in position to be successful, but more importantly, put our offense in position to be successful."

Jackson pointed out while he had a quiet day, the Bucs still put up 24 points with TE Tim Wright having a big day and QB Mike Glennon improving. Schiano said other teams are "always going to dedicate coverage to Vincent," but they have route adjustments that have helped him get the football. Just not as much last week.

Jackson said as a competitor, he wants the ball but understands the situation.

"They'll move me around, hopefully get some matchups inside," Jackson said. "They have some routes that when they're double-teaming, there's some convergence to it that gives me an opportunity to get open. "I'm not going to get frustrated when those things happen. Because if you have two guys paying attention to me, that means usually someone else has a great matchup, and I'm okay with that."

SUPPORT: WR Chris Owusu, a roomate of Dolphins LT Jonathan Martin at Stanford, said he has reached out to him since leaving the team after alleged bullying by teammates.

"It's a sad situation over there in Miami," Owusu said.(Martin is) a great guy, a great teammate at Stanford. I feel for him and am in support of him."

Dolphins LG Richie Incognito has been suspended for conduct detrimental to the team. Owusu said he and other Stanford alums have been in touch with Martin to show their support, and it has been hard to hear some of the criticism brought against him.

"I've talked to him, just to make sure he's in good spirits, and he is," he said. "A lot of people have their opinions, and you're not going to be able to stop them. It's freedom of speech, I guess. All I can say is I'm in support of John, and he was a great teammate."

THIS AND THAT: The Bucs will have astronaut Buzz Aldrin on hand Monday night to ring the bell on the pirate ship before the game. … S Dashon Goldson, who has missed two games with a knee injury, fully participated in practice as did FB Erik Lorig, who had been limited by a toe injury.

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