Martin sustained a torn labrum in his left shoulder and missed 10 games in 2013, but said he was medically cleared by doctors and is eligible to participate in offseason workouts, which begin on April 22.
CLEARED!!!! Excited to be back y'all!!— Doug Martin (@DougMartin22) March 31, 2014
Players are not allowed to wear pads until training camp, meaning Martin will not worry about taking a hit in August. Martin will have plenty of time to strengthen the shoulder and show first-year coach Lovie Smith why he should remain the primary running back in Tampa Bay.
Martin rushed for 1,454 yards, 11 touchdowns and added 472 receiving yards and one TD catch as a rookie in 2012. He was selected to participate in the Pro Bowl after the successful season.
Tampa Bay struggled last year under former coach Greg Schiano and quarterback Josh Freeman. Martin had 456 rushing yards and one touchdown in 2013 prior to the injury.
Tampa Bay acquired quarterback Josh McCown during free agency this offseason, and considering receiver Mike Williams’ uncertain future, Martin should be a reliable offensive option for Smith.
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