NFL notebook: Buccaneers RB Martin will miss rest of season
By The Tribune-Review
Published: Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, 8:42 p.m.
Buccaneers running back Doug Martin will miss the remainder of the season with a left shoulder injury that's sidelined him the past two games.
The second-year pro was placed on injured reserve Friday. Linebacker Ka'lial Glaud was promoted from the active roster to fill the opening.
Martin was a Pro Bowl selection as a rookie, rushing for 1,454 yards and finishing third in the NFL behind Adrian Peterson and Calvin Johnson with 1,926 total yards from scrimmage in 2012.
He started the first six games this season, rushing for 456 yards and one touchdown before being injured against Atlanta on Oct. 20. He also had 12 pass receptions for 66 yards.
• Houston running back Arian Foster will miss Sunday's game against Arizona with an injured back. The team hasn't disclosed exactly what's wrong with Foster's back. Interim coach Wade Phillips said Foster had visited specialists about the problem and will likely seek more opinions. Ben Tate, who is still recovering from four broken ribs, is expected to start in his place.
• Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones disputed a report that Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant had a disk problem in his back, claiming Bryant's back injury is muscle related, ESPNDallas.com reported. FoxSportsSouthwest.com had reported Bryant's injury may be a bulging or herniated disk. “I feel good and I'm playing on Sunday,” Bryant said after Friday's practice. “That's all y'all need to know.”
• Broncos coach John Fox was released a Charlotte, N.C., hospital after having heart valve replacement surgery Monday. Jack Del Rio, the defensive coordinator, is coaching the Broncos in the interim. Denver plays at the Chargers on Sunday.
• The Vikings are unsure if Christian Ponder will be healed in time for their next game. Ponder dislocated his non-throwing left shoulder late in the third quarter during Minnesota's victory over Washington on Thursday night. Coach Leslie Frazier said Ponder's availability for the Vikings' next game on Nov. 17 at the Seahawks will depend on how quickly the shoulder heals.
• Titans cornerback Tommie Campbell (shoulder), an Aliquippa and Cal (Pa.) product, missed his third straight practice and is questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.
• A friend of a former Raiders player is suing the city of San Francisco for at least $100,000 claiming police kicked him out of a 49ers game at Candlestick Park two years ago for wearing Hells Angels gear. Steven Gatto, 56, charges in a civil rights lawsuit filed this week that San Francisco police officers didn't like the look of his Hells Angels denim motorcycle jacket and told him to take it off or leave during the Niners' 27-20 victory over the Giants on Nov. 13, 2011.
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