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Doug Martin suffers setback in rehab; no timetable for his return

11 September 2016: Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (22) in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-24 victory over the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta Georgia.
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TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ injury situation went from bad to worse on Wednesday afternoon.

A day after announcing they have placed wide receiver Vincent Jackson on injured reserve with a knee injury,  Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter said running back Doug Martin recently suffered a setback in his rehabilitation from a hamstring strain and will be out indefinitely.

“Doug unfortunately did suffer a setback a week ago Sunday,’’ Koetter said. “We’ll just have to see when he can make it back. There’s no timetable on that right now.’’

The news on Martin, who first went down during the Bucs’ Week 2 blowout loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, came just as many were expecting the two-time Pro Bowler to make his return.

Indeed, after being listed as out for the previous two games, Martin was actually listed as “doubtful’’ on the injury report going into Tampa Bay’s last game a week ago against the struggling Carolina Panthers.

That was an indication he was getting better but now it is hard to know just when, or even if, Martin will return. As Martin no doubt learned, hamstring injuries are quite tricky and can appear healed when they’re actually not.

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