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Bobby Rainey and Doug Martin will share work in Thursday night's contest in Atlanta, according to Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith. Smith said that he will use a committee approach in the game and declined to name a starter. Martin entered the season as the Bucs' feature back but has struggled with injuries and effectiveness. With Martin inactive in Week 2, Rainey took 22 carries for 144 yards, and added three receptions for 30 yards. Martin was able to practice this week and is expected to play in tonight's game.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Doug Martin is unlikely to play tonight as he recovers from a knee sprain. Martin was able to practice this week but apparently is not healthy enough to make it through Thursday night's game against the Falcons. In Martin's absence, RB Bobby Rainey should carry most of the load for the Buccaneers. Prior to this development, it was expected that Martin would play some sort of role tonight.
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora tweeted Thursday afternoon that he doesn't expect Falcons wide receiver Roddy White to be active tonight against the Buccaneers due to his hamstring injury.
White didn't practice this week, but beat reports presented no concern that he would miss Week 3, and head coach Mike Smith said the 10-year veteran didn't need to practice in order to play. We will know White's official status when the inactives list for this game becomes public in about an hour.
Roddy White and Doug Martin are officially inactive for tonight's clash between the Falcons and Buccaneers. White didn't practice all week due to a hamstring injury. Martin did practice on Monday and Tuesday, but he has still not recovered from the knee injury he suffered in Week 1 and that forced him to miss Week 2.
Bobby Rainey will fill in once against for Martin. He ran for 144 yards on 22 carries against the Rams on Sunday.
Harry Douglas will move into Atlanta's starting lineup in place of White.
With Falcons WR Roddy White sitting out due to a hamstring injury, Julio Jones became Matt Ryan's primary target on Thursday night. In the most dominant performance by any WR this season, Jones was able to post nine receptions for 161 yards and two TDs.
In a weekend headlined by injuries to star offensive players who saw their Sundays shortened, one of the most notable injuries didn't become evident until the day after. Although Saints running back Mark Ingram played a full game against the Browns, but he was diagnosed with a broken hand Monday. He will miss at least a month of action, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The status of Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery may be the focus of the biggest injury story today, but there sure are many names to track this morning -- Jordan Cameron, Carson Palmer, DeAngelo Williams, Toby Gerhart, Cecil Shorts and more. For the latest on all of today's banged-up NFL'ers, refresh this post consistently starting at 11:30 a.m. Eastern when the active/inactives reports officially come out.
Despite practicing on Thursday and Friday, Buccaneers running back Doug Martin won't play this afternoon against the Rams. That's according to reports from NFL.com's Ian Rapoport and FOX Sports' Jay Glazer. Bobby Rainey is expected to start in his place. Martin missed chunks of last week's game versus the Panthers due to a knee injury. He was expected to play, but something has obviously changed.
The Panthers decided to deactivate defensive end Greg Hardy shortly before the kickoff of their game today against the Lions. The move was first reported by NFL Network's Albert Breer.
Hardy was found guilty of assaulting a female and communicating threats in July. Hardy appealed his conviction and will face a jury trial in November. He played in Week 1, recording four tackles, one sack and one forced fumble.
Doug Martin, who injured his left knee Sunday in the Buccaneers' season opener, is expected to play in Week 2 versus the Rams. Martin missed practice Wednesday, but was on the field Thursday and Friday. He is listed as questionable for Sunday's contest. Martin rushed nine times for 9 yards and caught two passes for 7 yards in Week 1 before exiting with the injury.