TAMPA — For the better part of three weeks, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers held out hope second-year RB Doug Martin would eventually return from the left shoulder injury he suffered in Atlanta last month.
On Friday, the Bucs gave up on that idea.
Stalled by a torn labrum that will require surgery to repair, Martin’s follow-up to his Pro Bowl rookie season officially came to an end when the Bucs placed him on season-ending injured reserve. The move came three days after Bucs coach Greg Schiano said Martin was “in play’’ for Monday night’s game against Miami and suggested Martin and rookie Mike James would split carries when and if Martin returned.
Martin even posted on Twitter on Monday that he was preparing to return to practice that day. But Martin was held out of all workouts this week, including a light walkthrough on Wednesday.