The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have benched two-time Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin for their game today against the New Orleans Saints.
Bucs general manager Jason Licht said the decision to sit Martin was “a coach’s decision, a football decision.’’
Jacquizz Rodgers will get the start ahead of Martin, who has struggled to rebound from a hamstring injury suffered earlier in the year.
Martin has run 144 times for 421 yards (2.9 per carry) and three touchdowns overall this year.
Just last week Bucs coach Dirk Koetter defended Maritn, saying he was “running hard’’ when asked about his lack of production.
Martin said on Friday that he has regained full health and was optimistic the Bucs running game would catch fire this week.
It’s possible, though, that the plan to sit Martin dates back several days.
Sources said to F.F.I., Rodgers was informed earlier in the week that he would start this game after being a healthy inactive himself for the Bucs loss at Dallas last week.
Rodgers has run 97 times for 422 yards (4.4 per carry) and one touchdown so far this year.
“I’m fully supportive of coach’s decision on this,’’ Licht told the Buccaneers radio network. “We made the decision that we think gives us the best chance to win and I’ll leave it at that. We have a lotof faith in Jacquizz today.’’