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Bucs remain undecided about Martin

Doug Martin eventually needs surgery for a torn labrum in his left shoulder, an injury suffered Oct. 20 against the Falcons.


Doug Martin eventually needs surgery for a torn labrum in his left shoulder, an injury suffered Oct. 20 against the Falcons.

TAMPA — The decision has yet to be made if Pro Bowl RB Doug Martin will return this season, Bucs coach Greg Schiano said Wednesday.

Martin eventually needs surgery for a torn labrum in his left shoulder, suffered Oct. 20 against the Falcons. Martin has been rehabilitating and strengthening the shoulder in the weight room with trainers. He says he has seen a decrease in pain and an increase in range of motion. "Everything is looking good," he said.

Though Martin believes returning will be his decision, Schiano indicated the running back could be shut down if that's best for the organization.

"It's just a matter of dealing with Doug and with our trainers and our doctors. Is he okay to play, and is it in his best interest?" Schiano said. "Does it affect him negatively if we do the surgery at the end of the year or not? If at any moment (not doing it now) affects him negatively, then we'll do it now.."

ROSTER MOVE: RB Jeff Demps, inactive for three games with a groin injury, was placed on season-ending injured reserve, and S Bradley McDougald was signed off waivers from the Chiefs. McDougald was an undrafted rookie from Kansas cut by Kansas City three times since the end of training camp. Demps, a former Gator and an Olympic sprinter, played in two games this season, with two catches, one carry and three kickoff returns.

THIS AND THAT: S Dashon Goldson was back at Wednesday's light practice in a limited capacity. Schiano was encouraged in that it was a step toward a return. Goldson has missed two games with a knee injury. … G Davin Joseph was held out to limit the stress on his left knee, which is recovering from last year's surgery. … Schiano said he's confident WR Mike Williams, on injured reserve after last week's surgery on his hamstring, can return in time for workouts this spring.

Bucs remain undecided about Martin 11/06/13 [Last modified: Thursday, November 7, 2013 12:14am]
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