In what has turned out to be a very confusing situation for Doug Martin owners, it seems like we are getting to the bottom of things. After suffering a knee injury in Week 1, Buccaneers starting running back Doug Martin was inactive for their Week 2 matchup against St. Louis. Reports surfaced that Martin could have actually played against the Rams but they decided to play the situation with caution, keeping him on the sidelines for the game.
When the Bucs started practice on Tuesday, Martin took first team reps at running back, suggesting he is likely to play in the Thursday night showdown against Atlanta. However, he was limited in practice again on Wednesday.
Reports have come out on Thursday from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport that Doug Martin (knee) is unlikely to play in Thursday night’s game against the Falcons. This is quite a turn of events for both Doug Martin and Bobby Rainey owners alike leading up to Thursday night’s game.
So what does this mean? If Doug Martin sits, Bobby Rainey is a must start in all leagues. Rainey will take handoffs against an Atlanta Falcons defense that has surrendered an NFL worst 5 rushing touchdowns and give up a whopping 154.5 yards a game on the ground to opposing teams. The last time Bobby Rainey played against the Falcons he absolutely scorched them, seeing 32 touches for a combined 167 yards and 3 touchdowns. Start the man!