Buccaneers Lose 31-23, Doug Martin Injured

The extent of Doug Martin's injury is still unknown, but his shoulder is not separated.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers moved to 0-6 after Sunday’s 31-23 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, leaving the team still searching for their first win in the 2013 season.

“Nobody wants to be in this situation,” said Tampa Bay defensive end Adrian Clayborn, Sports Illustrated reported.

Moving forward, the team could face a potential setback following the injury sustained by running back Doug Martin early in the third quarter of the game. Martin had 11 carries for 47 yards on the game before leaving the game with a shoulder injury. He did not return.

Martin was injured during a 16-yard pass attempt that fell incomplete near the goal line. Originally, Falcons safety William Moore, received and unnecessary roughness flag, according to Sports Illustrated, but the call was reversed. After laying on the field for several minutes, Martin walked off without assistance.

Reports during the game marked Martin as “questionable,” with the extent of his injury virtually unknown. Later, ESPN reported the x-rays “look fine,” according to Martin. Martin also told reporters his shoulder is not separated. He added that he is “not sure yet” if he will be able to play in the team’s Thursday night game.

“We’re still evaluating what it is,” said Martin, according to ESPN.

Head coach Greg Schiano said it is still too early to know how serious the injury could be, and that further evaluation will be done once the team returns to the team’s facilities in Tampa Bay.

One bright note from the game came in the form of rookie quarterback Mike Glennon, who had his first start on the road today. Glennon completed 26 of 44 attempts, for a total of 256 yards. He also completed two touchdown passes to wide receiver Vincent Jackson.

Tampa Bay receiver Mike Williams appeared proud of Glennon’s ability to “hold his own” on the road. He also said the team needs to support Glennon as the season continues. “As a team, we’ve got to help him and make more plays for him,” Williams said, according to ESPN.

Thursday night, Glennon and the team will face the Carolina Panthers, as they try to earn their first victory this year. The question remains, however, whether Martin will be ready to aid them in their efforts.

PHOTO: (Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press)

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