Bucs’ Doug Martin leaves game after hit
Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ running back Doug Martin was forced to leave the Bucs’ preseason game Friday night after suffering a knee to the helmet.
Lucky for Tampa Bay he passed the concussion tests and seems to be fine, according to the Tampa Bay Times, after taking a knee to the helmet from Patriots DE Chandler Jones while trying to make a low block in pass protection.
Mike James replaced the second-year back after the hit, according to CBS Sports. The Buccaneers caught a break that this happened in preseason, considering there is a huge drop off from Martin to backups Brian Leonard and Mike James. Martin ran for 1,454 yards and 11 touchdowns to go with 472 yards receiving in his rookie year and is considered one of the top running backs in the NFL already.
Even if the fact that Martin had passed tests had been unknown, it would have been a good sign that he was healthy since, normally, possibly concussed players are not allowed by their teams to talk to the media, according to NFL.com.