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Monday, October 27, 2014

Buccaneers Injury Update: Doug Martin exits with ankle injury

By on 10/27/2014 11:30:00 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin is in the midst of a second straight disappointing season, with just 166 yards and one touchdown on 58 carries in five games played. That didn't stop trade speculation from surfacing on Sunday morning, but that talk will likely be curbed now with Martin leaving Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings with an ankle injury.

Martin missed two games earlier in the season with a knee injury, and the fact he was not able to return to Sunday's game may mean he'll miss a few more games going forward with a new injury. Bobby Rainey would likely become the starter if Martin is out for multiple games, and rookie Charles Sims on track to return in Week 9 after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right ankle back in August. Sims was placed on injured reserve/designated to return after his surgery, with an obvious eye toward him being able to play at some point this season, and speculation had already surfaced he would play a key role for the Buccaneers down the stretch.

Martin's ankle issue will likely leave the Buccaneers stuck with him for the rest of the season, unless they want to settle for whatever they can get as Tuesday's trade deadline gets closer. But that does not mean he'll stay in a prominent role, if and when he's healthy enough to play, so fantasy owners can absolutely consider dropping Martin and adding Sims at this point.

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