The 2017 season hasn’t gone exactly as planned for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and running back Doug Martin.
In what may amount to an informal announcement about the former Boise State star’s future with the franchise, the Buccaneers have decided to put Martin on their list of inactive players for their Monday Night Football matchup against the Atlanta Falcons for violating team rules.
A surprise inactive for the #Bucs: Former starting RB Doug Martin won’t play.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 19, 2017
Bucs’ RB Doug Martin is inactive tonight.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 19, 2017
#Bucs RB Doug Martin is inactive tonight after violating team rules.
— Ryan Bass (@Ry_Bass) December 19, 2017
Bucs RB Doug Martin is inactive tonight pic.twitter.com/gEqBFNPtpe
— Fantasy Couch (@fantasycouch) December 19, 2017
The Buccaneers were widely expected to part ways with Martin last offseason after he was suspended by the NFL for four games. Instead, they brought him back for a sixth season with the team, and needless to say, things haven’t exactly gone as planned.
In nine games, Martin has 129 carries for 402 yards (3.1 yards per carry) and 3 touchdowns on the ground, and 9 receptions for 84 yards through the air.
He will be replaced in Tampa Bay’s starting lineup by second-year pro Peyton Barber.