There is no official word yet this afternoon, but the news regarding the severity of Buccaneers running back Doug Martin’s right hamstring strain is trickling out and it’s not good. But it’s not necessarily bad either.
Martin is expected to miss about three to four weeks because the damage he did during a run in the first quarter of the Bucs loss to the Cardinals last weekend, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com this morning.
Following the results of his MRI, #Bucs RB Doug Martin is expected to be out about three weeks with a hamstring injury, source said.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 21, 2016
That’s about what was expected after Martin told Florida Football Insiders on Sunday that he suffered a “slight tweak’’ and did not do any major damage to the hammy.
This afternoon, Offensive Coordinator Todd Monken, told the media at his weekly press conference that the team is “hopeful” Martin will be back sooner. To no one’s surprise, Martin was not out at practice during the 30 minutes that the media is allowed to watch.
The likelihood is that Martin will be held out past the Buccaneers bye week in Week 6 and will return for their Week 7 game at San Francisco, where he’ll play in front of his hometown friends and family.