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Bucs RB Martin hopes for Nov. 11 return

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hope that injured running back Doug Martin will be ready to play by Nov. 11 when the Bucs play the visiting Miami Dolphins, according to

Martin sustained a torn labrum during Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons. He has already been ruled out of Thursday night's game against the visiting Carolina Panthers.

Following a bye, Tampa does not play again until Nov. 3 at the Seattle Seahawks.

The team wants to use the next two weeks to evaluate Martin and determine if he will be shut down for the season or not. Martin is using the time to strengthen the shoulder in hopes of returning by the Nov. 11 game.

For the time being, six-round draft pick Mike James is expected to be Tampa's primary ball carrier.

Also, the Bucs promoted wide receiver Skye Dawson from the practice squad and released veteran defensive end Trevor Scott. Scott was with the New England Patriots last season and had three sacks. He has three tackles in four games this season with no sacks.

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