Tampa, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin has been diagnosed with a labrum tear in his left shoulder, an injury that could sideline the second-year pro for the remainder of the season.
The Buccaneers have yet to disclose the severity of Martin's injury, which occurred during the third quarter of Sunday's 31-23 loss at Atlanta. However, the Tampa Times reported Monday that Martin's labrum was indeed torn.
According to the newspaper, the Buccaneers will hold off on placing Martin on injured reserve in the hopes he can return later in the season. Tampa Bay has already used its one allotted designated to return option on cornerback Danny Gorrer.
Martin put together an outstanding rookie campaign in 2012, compiling 1,454 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns while gaining an additional 472 yards on 49 catches. The 24-year-old has rushed for 456 yards on 127 attempts so far this season, though his 3.6 yards-per-carry average is considerably lower than last year's.
Rookie Mike James replaced Martin in Sunday's loss and is expected to take over as Tampa Bay's lead back, with veteran Brian Leonard remaining in the third-down role.