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Bucs’ Martin may not play on Thursday

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin has just been re-activated by the team after serving a four-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs, dating back to last season. Martin is not sure, though, that he will play against the New England Patriots on Thursday Night Football.

“I’m gonna go out there and just do the best that I can do, be as ready as I can be, just play for these guys,” Martin said. “I’m not sure [how many snaps]. I’m just going to go out there and play to the best of my ability. Whatever that is, it’s Coach [Dirk Koetter‘s] decision. It’s what he decides to do. I’m for it.”

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin rushing the ball as Dallas Cowboys defensive back Barry Church tries to make a tackle in 2016 (Getty Images)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin rushing the ball as Dallas Cowboys defensive back Barry Church tries to make a tackle in 2016 (Getty Images)

Martin has been sidelined for the past three games to complete his suspension. His suspension was pushed back a week, as the Buccaneers season-opener was postponed until a later day due to Hurricane Irma.

He has been staying in shape, but does not seem to have a featured role due to a short week against the Patriots to begin Week 5. Jacquizz Rodgers and Charles Sims, even if Martin plays a limited role, will be the main backs until Koetter can work Martin back into the rotation.

When he last played in the NFL, he played in eight games with the team last season. He had a 144 carries for 421 yards and three touchdowns. He also had 14 receptions for a 134 yards, as well.

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