Tampa Bay's injury report lists Martin and Sims as questionable this week, though its possible both play through their injuries. Both running backs were limited participants in practice Thursday and Friday.
Matt Baker of the Tampa Bay Times discusses the Bucs backfield, and suggests that Martin could get his role back as Tampa's lead back, as "he got many of the reps with the first team during drills."
Martin came into the year as the Bucs lead back, despite only playing in six games last year. This year, he's missed Tampa Bay's last three games with an ankle injury, after missing two games earlier in the year with a knee injury. He's been underwhelming when playing, with 58 carries for 166 yards and a TD.
Sims, the heralded third round running back out of West Virginia, missed the first eight games of the season after a preseason ankle injury landed him on the IR designated-to-return list. He's led Tampa in rushes the last two games with Martin out, but only managed 59 yards on 21 rushes. If Martin starts today, its uncertain the level of use Sims will get. Bobby Rainey, the Bucs leading rusher, will undoubtedly get some touches as well.
Starting weakside linebacker Lavonte David, who has easily been Tampa's best defensive player this year, is listed as questionable this week after not practicing at all on Thursday and Friday. He will likely be a game time decision. David leads the Bucs defense with 116 combined tackles this year.
The Bucs will head to Chicago on Sunday, in search of their third win of the year.
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