The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will get Doug Martin back from suspension today. The veteran running back is finally done with his four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing drugs. He went to rehab earlier this year, was a full participant this offseason, and looked good in preseason—so the Bucs are likely to give him his starting job back.
They’ve at least made room for him on the roster by waiving tight end/fullback Alan Cross, per the Tampa Bay Times’ Greg Auman.
Bucs have waived second-year tight end Alan Cross. Would likely want him back for practice squad, but could get claimed off waivers.— Greg Auman (@gregauman) October 2, 2017
The Bucs mostly struggled to run the ball so far this year, although Jacquizz Rodgers had a good showing against the New York Giants yesterday. Still, 3.8 yards per attempt is not very good. Hopefully, Martin can give them a little more production and solidity in the running game.
We’ll see on Thursday, when Martin can make his 2017 debut against the New England Patriots. Whether he’s entirely ready to play then remains to be seen, though: the last time he stepped onto an NFL football field was week three of preseason, well over a month ago.